The ticket cost includes admission to the ship and the rig climb experience, plus all safety equipment and free storage of personal items.
There are two levels of experience: the Cutty Sark Rig Climb Experience and the Cutty Sark Rig Climb Experience Plus. The 'Plus' experience takes you higher up the rigging.
- Standard Rig Climb prices start from £41 for adults and £26 for children.
- Plus prices start from £51 for adults and £36 for children.
Peak prices apply during during weekends and school holidays.
Royal Museums Greenwich Members can get up to 50% off the rig climb price. If you become a Member before booking, you can take advantage of the discount AND get free unlimited entry to Cutty Sark for a year.
For a full breakdown of tickets and prices, click here.
The Cutty Sark Rig Climb Experience is installed and managed by Wire & Sky.
Wire & Sky install and operate urban adventure attractions, and as part of this create unique and inspiring tours with heritage sites. They have a high-profile list of clients and work on prestigious venues across the UK. Wire & Sky are an industry leader in this field, and their focus on safety and professionalism means that you feel safe in the knowledge that they will deliver the highest quality experience.
Incorporating storytelling, immersive activity and authenticity, the experience allows participants to understand what life was like for Victorian sailors who would have had to have climbed the rigging.
The Rig Climb itself is as authentic as possible within modern health and safety standards. Participants will step up from the main deck pin rails, holding on to the shrouds and climbing up the ship’s ratlines. The climb will take you to the 'Tops' platform slightly above the ship’s course yard. Participants will then have a controlled descent down to street level aside the ship.
Taking the experience further, once participants reach the tops platform then climb slightly higher, traversing onto the yard (lower topsail).
Participants will then climb back down to the tops platform to embark on their controlled descent.
Please note there is limited availability per time slot for the Cutty Sark Rig Climb Experience Plus. We advise visitors to pre-book this experience in advance.
We strongly suggest that you book online in advance.
All our available dates can be found through our online booking calendar. If you have any questions about availability, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact the Bookings team on 0208 312 6608 or email@example.com to discuss ticket options.
No climbing experience is required, but you need to be physically and medically fit. Please see our Terms & Conditions for more information.
There is no upper age limit as long as you are fit and healthy.
The Cutty Sark Rig Climb Experience is not suitable for people with certain medical conditions (eg pregnancy or heart conditions). You must not be suffering from any medical condition that may put your health and safety, or that of others, at risk.
Participants must be:
- At least 10 years old. Children aged between 10-17 require parental consent via an online waiver form and must be supervised by an adult during their participation in the rig climb. Please note supervising adults will still be required to pay for an admission ticket to enter the ship.
- At least 1.2m/ 3ft9in (due to the gap in the rope ratlines).
- Less than 19 stone (120kg) in weight.
- Able to wear a harness that has a maximum width waist of 130 cm/51.1in and a maximum upper thigh width of 75cm/29.5in.
Participants must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Participants must also sign a waiver before the Rig Climb.
Please remember that under 18s must be accompanied with an adult in the ratios as below:
10-13 years: at least 1 adult for every 4 children
14-17 years: at least 1 adult for every 5 children.
Please note that all tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable, so it is important to familiarise yourself with our terms and conditions before purchasing tickets.
For further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, we provide access for visitors who are unable to physically climb the rigging.
Please contact us at email@example.com at least two weeks in advance to discuss your requirements and how best to facilitate a visit for you.
The maximum number of participants per climb is 9. Only six climbers can take on the extra challenge of the Rig Climb Experience Plus per climb. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to book more than three tickets for a regular climb.
Generally, the Cutty Sark Rig Climb Experience operates from 10.30am – 5pm. Rig climbs are every 30 minutes, with the last rig climb running from 4pm. For individual bookings, please check the availability in the bookings section of our website.
Your ticket includes admission to Cutty Sark on the same day.
You must visit the ship between the hours of 10am and 4pm, and we recommend that you allow at least 45 minutes to enjoy the ship.
Please note if you are booking a rig climb after 4pm, you will need to explore the ship beforehand.
For occasional dawn rig climbs, evening sunset or ‘after work’ climbs until 10pm, please email email@example.com.
Due to the limited number of spaces per session, and the popularity of the experience, we are unable to offer a group discount at the current time.
Ticket holders should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled rig climb (as indicated on your ticket).
Arriving after the scheduled start time means you may not be able to participate and will not be entitled to a refund. There will be no compensation paid for consequential losses or other expenses of a related nature.
Please bring an electronic version of your booking confirmation email (this can be printed if you prefer). If you have any problems, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to your visit.
You also must wear closed toe shoes, trainers or boots that will not fall off during the climb. We also recommend bringing a pair of gloves. For more details on what to wear, see the separate section below.
Please check your spam mailbox as our email may have gone there. Not there? Please contact our Bookings team on 0208 312 6608, Monday to Sunday 9am-5pm. Alternatively, email email@example.com.
Climbs will take place in all conditions unless the weather is considered to pose a potential health and safety risk to climbers. The objective of the climb is to provide an authentic experience, which will give participants an understanding of life on board the Cutty Sark for the crew that sailed this historic vessel around the world.
We constantly monitor the weather situation and will keep you updated in advance if we feel that the weather may affect your climb. We will endeavour to reschedule your booking to the next available date that is suitable to you. If an alternative date cannot be arranged, Royal Museums Greenwich will refund you the face value of the tickets purchased to the original method of payment. Any contact will be in the form of an email, so you are advised to check your email inbox before visiting to avoid an unnecessary journey should your ticket be cancelled.
Once booked, tickets are non-transferable and are unable to be rescheduled, refunded or cancelled.
Please check your tickets carefully prior to checking out, as mistakes cannot always be rectified.
- Sensible clothing, preferably old clothing that you won’t mind getting dirty!
- Your shoulders, midriff and upper legs should be covered. You will be open to the elements so please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Please note the rigging can be a relatively dirty place and birds can visit and nest from time to time. Your clothes may be stained by the tar from the ropes and therefore old clothing is strongly recommended. Royal Museums Greenwich and Wire & Sky will not be liable for any damage to clothing.
- You must wear closed toe shoes, trainers or boots that will not fall off. Open toe shoes, flipflops, sandals or high heels are not permitted.
- Long hair must be tied back.
- Skirts/dresses are not appropriate.
- Jewellery and scarves must be removed.
- Gloves are not provided, but wearing gloves is permitted and strongly recommended.
- Gilets will be provided. Footwear and protective clothing will not be provided.
- Loose items (including mobile phones) are not allowed to be carried on your person.
We ask participants taking part in the Cutty Sark Rig Climb Experience and Experience Plus to arrive 15 minutes before the allocated time of your rig climb.
You will be given a safety briefing before your rig climb. Wire & Sky instructors will detail the challenges and limitations of the climb as well as set the scene for the adventure. They will give you handy tips and answer your questions.
During the safety briefing, participants will hear stories about life on board this historic vessel.
Time will be allocated to fit equipment (harness, lanyards, helmet, and gilet) for the rig climb and sign a waiver (if you have not already done so).
You will be asked to empty your pockets; storage will be provided for personal belongings.
Participants agree to follow the direction and decisions of their guides/instructors. If you do not you absolve yourself of our responsibility.
The climb itself will depend on the speed of each individual. Please do allow up to an hour to enjoy the whole experience. Cutty Sark Rig Climb Experience and Experience Plus tickets include admission to explore the ship as well.
Storage will be provided, but personal belongings are left at your own risk. Storage space is limited so please only bring what you need on the day.
No, not during the climb. Storage will be provided for personal belongings.
There will be no designated area for family and friends to take photos. They will still be required to pay for an admissions ticket to enter the ship.
There will be an opportunity to purchase souvenir photos, please speak with the Wire & Sky team on the day.
If medication is essential, this can be left with a staff member on the deck level. Under no circumstances can we allow medication to be carried by climbers.
Yes, if they are not loose fitting or liable to fall off.
The controlled descent from the Tops Platform begins at a height of 68ft (21m) from street level.
Please contact our Bookings team on 0208 312 6608 as soon as possible. We will do our best to accommodate you, but this may not always be possible. Unfortunately, if you are late on the day, we cannot issue refunds or reschedule your climb.
The rig climb operation will involve no modification to the existing rig of the ship. All safety lines and equipment used to operate the rig climb are temporary and removable, and used only whilst the rig climb is taking place.
It should be noted that the Cutty Sark rig is not original. The masts and yards date to the 1950s when the ship was first moved to Greenwich. The rope ratlines are modern and are replaced on a regular basis. This is in contrast to the ship’s hull, which is almost entirely original dating back to 1869 both above and below the muntz metal sheathing (which is modern).