Cutty Sark - Royal Museums Greenwich

The Cutty Sark, a British tea clipper ship, against a bright blue sky
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Built to last only 30 years, the 1869 clipper was in urgent need of conservation work by the end of 2006 when The Cutty Sark Conservation Project started. The ship is of composite construction, and so the conservation process is a complicated one! This is the biggest overhaul the ship has had in over fifty years and will ensure that no major work is required for another fifty years.

The Project will not only conserve the vessel, but will also result in a greatly enhanced visitor attraction with exciting new exhibitions presenting stories from the ship’s eventful history. An inspiring learning resource, when re-opened Cutty Sark will bring the bygone era of sail to life.

Venue Type:

Ship or maritime heritage site, Heritage site, Museum

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Opening hours

Monday-Sunday, 10.00-17.00. Easter extended opening: open till 18.00, 25-30 March & 2-7 April. Closed 24-26 December.
Last admission:

Admission charges

Pre-book your ticket online and jump the queue when you visit. Hearing impaired visitors enjoy concessionary rates to the ship and carers enter for free.

Free to members

Adults: £13.50 / £12.15 without Voluntary donation
Children: £7 / £6.30 without Voluntary donation. Under-5s visit free
Concessions: £11.50 / £10.35 without Voluntary donation
Family (1 adult): £24 / £21.60 without Voluntary donation. Valid for one adult and up to two children
Family (2 adults): £35

Please visit the website for more ticket prices

The existing collections consist principally of the 1869 composite clipper ship Cutty Sark, and her contents. In addition the Trust possesses a collections of artefacts relating to the ship and her history, designers, builders, owners, crews, cargoes, the clipper ship genre, the Merchant Navy and Robert Burns. Of particular note are the collections of journals, logs, drawings, paintings, photographs and published material relating to the construction, working life and restoration of Cutty Sark. In addtion the Trust owns the Sydney Cumbers collection of Merchant Navy figureheads, the largest single collection together in the world.

Collection details

Maritime, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, World Cultures

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

She Tells Sea Tales

  • 24 — 28 October 2016 *on now

This half-term, Cutty Sark sets sail on her storytelling adventures across the high seas. Listen to watery London tales, marvel at daring voyages of fortune and enjoy sea ballads and shanties before setting your own story ship adrift on Old Father Thames.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Included in Cutty Sark admission price


Ghost Ship

  • 28 October 2016 From 7pm

Experience the true horror of life at sea with eerie tours of Cutty Sark. Hear the tales of hard labour and tragedy that fell upon the crew during tough voyages on the stormy sea. Bring your wits and something comfy to sit on as you make your way beneath the ship for a screening of the blood-curdling classic Dracula (1931), with a shot of whisky to ward off the chills.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children


£25.00 adult (includes candlelit tour, screening and complimentary shot of whiskey)


Audio-described Tour of Cutty Sark

  • 1 November 2016 2:30-3:30pm

Explore the ship and its fascinating story on this audio-described tour for blind and partially sighted visitors.


£17.00 adult | £13.50 concessions (includes visitors with disabilities)
Price includes admission to ship, sighted companions enter for free


Family Fun Weekend: Rangoli Patterns

  • 5 — 6 November 2016 11:30am-4pm

Come and celebrate Diwali at Cutty Sark with our rangoli art workshop inspired by the ship’s voyages to India and the cargoes it collected there.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Included in Cutty Sark admission price


OperaUpClose presents Puccini’s La Bohème

  • 12 November 2016 From 8pm

One of the most moving operas ever written, Puccini’s La Bohème tells its tale underneath the striking hull of the last surviving clipper ship, Cutty Sark. Charting the ups and downs of a group of idealistic graduates, the opera follows these characters as they struggle to make ends meet and follow their dreams.

When aspiring novelist Rodolfo falls for immigrant cleaner Mimi, he discovers a harsh reality as their youthful passion brings joy and pain, while his best friend Marcello's tempestuous relationship with on-off girlfriend Musetta brings humour and fireworks to the stage. The comic elements of this hugely popular production heighten its tragedy, with audiences saying this 21st-century, Olivier Award-winning La Bohème moved them like no other.

Suitable for

  • 14-15


£25.00 adult


Kids in Museums: Toddler Takeover Day

  • 18 November 2016 10am-2pm

All aboard Cutty Sark for the annual celebration, Kids in Museums Takeover Day, where local school children host a fun-filled day of activities for toddlers, including arts, crafts, storytelling and play activities.

Suitable for

  • 0-4


£5.00 adult (when accompanied by a child under the age of 5)


British Sign Language Tour of Cutty Sark

  • 19 November 2016 11am-2:30pm

Join deaf historian, John Wilson, for a BSL tour of Cutty Sark and its history.


£17.00 adult | £13.50 concessions (includes visitors with disabilities)
Price includes admission to ship, carers enter for free


Cutty Sark - Royal Museums Greenwich
King William Walk
Greater London
SE10 9HT


Ticket information


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020 ​8858 ​4422

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