A voyage with Cutty Sark: Archive tour and Afternoon Tea

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Monday 30 January, 12.30-4pm
£35 | £23 RMG members
Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, First floor, Caird Library & Archive

Discover archival treasures with Cutty Sark's Curator and enjoy tea underneath the ship's gleaming hull.

Join us in the Caird Library (National Maritime Museum) for a voyage with Cutty Sark. Discover what it was like to work, live and sometimes die on board a ship that was to become world famous.

You’ll be able to see log-books written by the ship’s captains; letters from the men who served on Cutty Sark and photographs taken while on board.

The Cutty Sark Curator and Learning Manager will be on hand to take you through what happened to the men who were too drunk to work and much more besides.

After the tour, we will walk over to Cutty Sark, where you will have an hour to explore the ship, before heading over to the Sammy Ofer Gallery underneath Cutty Sark’s gleaming hull for a special afternoon tea. Because what better place to have a cuppa than underneath the very ship that brought tea to Britain? 


  • 12.30-11.30pm: Archive Tour at the Caird Library (National Maritime Museum)
  • 1.30-1.45pm: walk to Cutty Sark
  • 1.45-2.45pm: self-guided tour around the ship
  • 2.45-4pm: Afternoon Tea at the Even Keel Café 

Afternoon Tea includes:

  • A pot of Cutty Sark black blend tea or other signature loose leaf tea 
  • A freshly baked scone with jam & cream
  • A selection of Cutty cake bites 
  • A selection of smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches (please let the booking team know if you have any special diet requirements)

Tickets include the Archive Tour at the Caird Library, admission to Cutty Sark and Afternoon Tea.