Take the helm at the Ship's wheel

Essential information

Opening times: 
10.00–17.00 daily
Admission: 
Included in venue ticket
Location: 
Cutty Sark, Level 2: Main Deck
Free to members

Do you have what it takes to steer 963 tons of Victorian tea clipper on the high seas?

Visit Cutty Sark and you won't just learn the story of one of the most famous and magnificent ships in the world. You'll also get a taste of life on the ocean waves, including the chance to take the ship's wheel and learn how to steer 963 tons of Victorian tea clipper through storms and high seas. One of our guides is there to talk you through the experience.

The wheel itself was restored in the run up to the opening of Cutty Sark in 1957 by a team of talented woodworkers, and the steering mechanism is one of the many original features preserved on Cutty Sark. It's a reminder of what a triumph of engineering this tea clipper was in her day, with the ingenious design taking up far less space within the ship than earlier tiller designs - ideal for a cargo carrier.

While you're here you can also have a go at steering a variety of sea craft using our Ship Simulator, which is based on the technology used to train real captains. It's free, and you can find it in the National Maritime Museum.

Find out more about the Ship Simulator

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