Huge replica of 16th century Spanish galleon ship returns to Southend Pier this summer

The Galeón Andalucía, a stunning replica of a 16th-18th century Spanish galleon
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An enormous replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon ship will return to Essex this summer. The Galeón Andalucía, a stunning replica of a 16th-18th century Spanish galleon, returns to Southend Pier from from August 22 to 28 this year.

People can step aboard the impressive vessel and explore its six decks "brimming with fascinating exhibits and displays". This floating museum has a huge open deck space of 320 square meters. It is a replica of the ships Spain used during the Age of Discovery and for trading between Spain, America, and the Philippines.

These ships were part of the famous fleets of the Indies and played an important role in global maritime history. Visitors can enjoy a self-guided walking tour, offering the freedom to wander the decks, interact with the crew members who live aboard, and explore dozens of interactive exhibits, videos, projections, and historical documents.

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Matt Dent, Southend councillor responsible for culture, tourism, and business, said: "The return of the Galeón Andalucía is a wonderful addition to our summer events programme. It provides another chance for residents and visitors to step aboard a piece of history and learn about the fascinating voyages that shaped our world.

"We are delighted to host such a prestigious vessel at Southend Pier once again.” To book tickets and for more information about Southend Pier and its upcoming events, visit