Climb the famous masts of Cutty Sark and experience a unique London adventure.
For the first time since the ship's arrival in Greenwich in 1954, visitors can climb the rigging of Cutty Sark and get a taste of what it would have been like to sail the historic ship.
We’re partnering with urban adventure company Wire & Sky to bring this amazing experience to Greenwich. Visit the ship, climb the rigging and enjoy a view of the Thames like no other.
The Rig Climb is now closed for the winter, but don't worry! Sailors and thrill seekers will be able to climb again as soon as the seasons change. See what else is happening on board Cutty Sark.
What visitors are saying
"The views are amazing. Great for those who like climbing walls, high ropes and zipwires."
"Well worth it for anyone from a fan of tall ships, naval history or just your average adrenalin junkie. Highly recommended."
"Experience of a lifetime, don’t miss it!"
Starting with a briefing underneath the ship’s beautiful hull, those brave enough to take on the challenge step up from the Main Deck on to the ship’s 'ratlines' (rope ladders).
From here you can make your way up into the rigging, just as hundreds of sailors did during Cutty Sark’s long and fabled career at sea.
When you reach the platform, take a breath and drink in the view while looking down on a true London icon. Then it's time for one final challenge: the Lower Topsail Yard! Grip the horizontal bar and hold on tight as your shuffle along the footrope. Be brave, look up and feel the rush of a life at sea.
A controlled descent will take you from the lofty heights of the rigging straight back down to the Main Deck.
You can then join up with friends and family and continue your Cutty Sark adventure: your Rig Climb ticket includes free access to all areas of the ship. Explore the crew's cabins, come face to face with the world's largest Merchant Navy figurehead collection, take the helm and enjoy a cuppa in the café beneath the ship's gleaming hull. Check out the top things to see and do here.
Please check these details carefully before booking. All tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Who is the rig climb suitable for?
The Cutty Sark Rig Climb Experience is open to anyone aged 10 and over. There is no upper age limit as long as you are fit and healthy, and no climbing experience is required.
The 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.
We provide access for visitors who are unable to physically climb the rigging. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.
All participants must sign a waiver before the rig climb, and children aged 10-17 require parental consent and at least one paying adult joining them on the climb.
For full details, read our terms and conditions.
Is there an age limit?
Participants must be at least 10 years old.
Children aged between 10-17 require parental consent and at least one paying adult (18+) accompanying them on the climb. One adult can accompany up to five children.
For more details, check our frequently asked questions.
How much do tickets cost?
- Adults: £52
- Children (10-17)*: £43
- Under 25s / Students: £46
These prices include general admission to Cutty Sark, meaning you can take part in the climb and explore the ship on the same day. Tickets also include all safety equipment and free storage of personal items.
Royal Museums Greenwich Members can climb the rigging for just £27. 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.
*Children under 18 require parental consent and must be accompanied by at least one paying adult or student (18+) on the climb. One adult can accompany up to five children.
How do I book?
When you're ready to book, click here and head to our online booking system. Pick your date and entry time using the calendar. If a time is unavailable it means that slot is sold out, but it's easy to select an alternative date.
Then select the number and type of tickets you require and click 'add to basket'. If you're planning on visiting with friends or family but won't be taking part in the rig climb yourself, you can add a general admission to Cutty Sark at the next stage.
Your tickets will be emailed to you once you have completed the booking process. If you don't receive a message or are having problems with booking, contact our team on email@example.com.
Remember to bring your tickets with you on the day of your visit. You can either show them on your phone or print out a copy.
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 bookings of six or more people, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When should I arrive, and how long does the experience last?
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled rig climb (as indicated on your ticket). You'll be given a short safety briefing, and learn more about what it was actually like to live and work on board Cutty Sark.
The climb itself will depend on the speed of each individual. We recommend allowing up to an hour to enjoy the whole experience.
Remember, your ticket also includes general admission to Cutty Sark on the same day, so give yourself enough time to enjoy the ship before or after your climb!
Are there any height or weight restrictions?
Participants must be:
- At least 1.2m/3ft9in tall (due to the gap in the rope ratlines)
- Less than 19 stone (120kg) in weight.
The harnesses used have a maximum width waist of 130 cm/51.1in, and a maximum upper thigh width of 75cm/29.5in.
I have another question.
You can also contact our bookings team if you have specific queries or issues. Email email@example.com or call 0208 312 6608. The office is open daily from 9am-5pm.