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.

Peek-a-boo portholes

  • 24 — 25 August 2016 11:30am-4pm *on now

Peek through a porthole and out to sea – what’s on the water? Use see-through colours and shapes to create a mini porthole picture.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Included in Cutty Sark admission price


Family Fun Weekend - Tiny tall ships

  • 3 — 4 September 2016 11:30am-4pm

As part of the Totally Thames Festival, come and make your very own tiny tall ship to add to a spectacular river of masts and sails underneath Cutty Sark.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


Included in Cutty Sark admission price


Audio-described tour: Cutty Sark

  • 13 September 2016 2:30-3:30pm

Explore the ship and its fascinating story on this audio-described tour for blind and partially sighted visitors. Come on board and get hands-on with history on the world’s last remaining tea clipper.


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


Cutty Sark tour in British Sign Language (BSL)

  • 17 September 2016 11am-12pm, 1:30-2:30pm

Join deaf historian, John Wilson, for a tour of Cutty Sark and its history in BSL. Explore the 1869 clipper, celebrated for record-breaking passages around the globe, and find out about life on board and the story of the ship’s survival.


£17.00 adult | £13.50 concession (includes visitors with disabilities) Price includes admission to Cutty Sark, carers enter for free


Ensemble Perpetuo: Voyages of the Sea

  • 22 September 2016 7:30-9pm

From the cliffs of Dover to the tempestuous Southern Ocean, Ensemble Perpetuo take a poetic musical journey exploring the beauty and unforgiving nature of our seas through music by Debussy, Roxanna Panufnik, Sally Beamish, Cecilia McDowall and Malcolm Arnold.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£20.00 adult | £18.00 concession
Book via (price includes opportunity to visit Cutty Sark prior to concert)


The Landlubbers’ Maritime Folk Festival

  • 24 September 2016 10-12am

Save yourself a journey to the coast and enjoy the best of maritime folk culture right here in the city at Royal Museums Greenwich. Stomp your feet to sea shanties at the National Maritime Museum, hear the salty yarns of our figureheads, or try your hand at some traditional maritime crafts. The festival culminates with BBC Folk Club winner the Nest Collective’s new monthly shanty sessions at Cutty Sark.

Dates: 24 September 2016
Venue: Cutty Sark and National Maritime Museum
Times: 10.00-17.00 at National Maritime Museum
19.00-00.00 at Cutty Sark
Age: Suitable for all ages
Admission: Prices vary, see for more info

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Prices vary, see for more info


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


Ticket information


Museum switchboard

020 ​8858 ​4422

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