Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark
King William Walk
Greater London
SE10 9HT




020 8858 2698



+44 (0) 20 8853 3589

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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

Opening hours

While the Cutty Sark Conservation Project is underway, there is no access to the ship for the public. We expect to complete the conservation project and new museum space late in 2011. The ship is scheduled to re-open soon after the completion of works. She will be revived, fully conserved, and ready to welcome back old friends and new. Please see for further developments.

Admission charges

Adult: £12.00
• Children (15 and under): £6.50 (under-5s FREE)
• Concessions: £9.50*
• Family (1 Adult, 2 children): £20.00
• Family (2 Adults, 2 children): £29.00

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