Cutty Sark

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The world's last surviving tea clipper was the fastest and greatest of her age. That was over a century ago now, but the Cutty Sark is certainly still a venerable sight, perched on her glass pedestal on the water's edge in Greenwich. Following a fire in 2007 the ship underwent extensive renovation, and a visit now includes the chance to stand directly underneath all 963 tonnes of her. Visitors can also discover the ship's history and explore the many cargoes that have filled the lower hold, from tea and whisky to wool and buffalo horns. The attraction also holds the world's largest collection of merchant-ship figureheads, which were donated to the Cutty Sark Society back in 1953.

The Cutty Sark is one of the attractions clustered as the Royal Museums Greenwich: the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and the Queen's House.

Venue name: Cutty Sark
Contact:
Address: King William Walk
London
SE10 9HT
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm)
Transport: Tube: Cutty Sark DLR Rail: Greenwich/ Maze Hill
Price: £13.50, £11.50 concs, £7 under-16s, free under-fives, £24-£35 family
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Niomi Harris
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I really enjoyed my visit to the Cutty Sark. Coming round the corner and seeing the great ships vast sails and masts stretching towards the sky is a great sight to behold. I just love that it rests on the glass platform so you are able to see it from all angles. The inside of the ship is both impressive and informative- the timbers painted white informs you that those are the original beams used in the ship, whilst those painted grey shows what has been added during restoration to support the great structure. What I really liked about the inside (the lower deck and the tween deck) was how interactive everything was. From little puzzles and games, to factoids dotted around. There’s even a moving seat so you can feel what it’s like to be on a moving ship- just don’t get sea sick! On the lower deck there’s even a mini cinema showing a short history of the Cutty Sark- such a great addition if you’re not feeling to read lots of factual information.

However, it’s the main upper deck that really has the wow factor! You really get to see the ship in all its glory. From the sailor’s cabins to the steering wheel, everything has been lovingly restored and you really get a sense of what life was like on the Cutty Sark. Head to the stern of the ship for great views and photo opportunities of the River Thames. One negative I would say is that at £13.50 (£12.15 without voluntary donation), the price is a bit steep for around a 45-minute visit (depending how long you take looking at/reading everything) so I would definitely take advantage of the combination ticket that lets you visit the Cutty Sark and the nearby Royal Observatory for £18.50 (£16.80 without voluntary donation) and make a day of it.

Be sure to finish your visit in the café under the ship- there’s nothing more surreal than having a cup of tea with a 963 ton clipper ship just metres above your head!

Anaelle
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You can’t miss it. Standing proudly on the bank, overlooking the Thames, this glorious and magnificent ship truly knows how to grab your attention. I recommend standing there for a bit just to look at it and appreciate its beauty…


But I do not think it’s worth going in. If being able to walk underneath the ship is a great way to appreciate its size and grandeur, the inside is not as captivating or magnificent as I thought. You get round very quickly and do not learn much about boats and navigation. So save your £14 and go buy some food from the wonderful food market nearby instead!

KirstyAnne87
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Well worth a visit with iconic and beautiful surroundings! If you are lucky enough to go in the evening, it is a truly beautiful view looking on wards to the city with spectacular lights and skyline. It is really fun and interactive, a complete digital experience with a discover by play attitude.


Worth a look :)

Sosh_uk
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Silent disco at the cutty sark is fab, it runs a few times a year. So keep your eyes peeled for tickets. It's great music and drinks and not too packed. A real fun night out and an amazing setting.

GeorgeX
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Cutty sark is definitely the most impressive ship that you will see all over London. It's great idea being able to go inside and wander across the whole structure from both inside and on decks. The exhibition isn't something special (you need less than half an hour to see it all) and the ticket is too expensive just to enter. I wouldn't suggest paying for that. Just go there/spend some time watching/realizing the scale of this ship and for what it was made for.

Maxibuoy

What a fantastic place to take the kids if you haven't been to Greenwich you simply must! Great Vibe.