Cutty Sark is yours to explore, from the fantastic views from the main deck to the dark riches of the lower hold. Make the most of your day out on board.

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NEW for 2022: the Cutty Sark Rig Climb Experience

A woman climbs the rigging of historic sailing ship Cutty Sark. She is looking down at the photographer on deck, and the rigging and masts are above her

For the first time since arriving in Greenwich in 1954, visitors to Cutty Sark will be able to climb the famous ship's masts and enjoy views of the Thames and London like no other.

Are you ready to take on the challenge? Join us from 2 April as we launch a brand-new London adventure!

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Take the helm

With the ship's wheel in your hands and the miles of rigging shivering in the breeze above your head, this is the place where dreams of setting sail come alive.

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 board.

See the Cutty Sark figurehead

'Nannie' the witch is Cutty Sark's figurehead. Just like the ship itself, she takes her name from the Robert Burns poem Tam O'Shanter. 

In the poem, Tam the farmer is chased by a scantily-clad witch called Nannie. Nannie is dressed only in a ‘cutty sark’ - an archaic Scottish word meaning a short nightdress.

The figurehead you can see on the ship today is a new commission, made by ship’s figurehead carver Andy Peters and designed to reflect the beauty of the original ship designs.

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Walk the main deck

It takes hours of work from our experienced Shipkeepers to keep the main deck looking as fresh and clean as it does. It might not always have been this way...

Pigs and chickens would be kept in pens on deck during voyages, with crew responsible for mucking them out. As for the toilets, because there was no flushing water, sailors would simply use salt water to flush everything out into the sea. Try not to think too much about that when you're wandering the decks.

A woman listens to a museum audio guide on board Cutty Sark. She is wearing headphones

Download the Cutty Sark audio guide

Want to hear what life was really like at sea? Download the Cutty Sark audio guide and take a voyage into our seafaring past.

We're partnering with Smartify, the world's most downloaded museum app, to bring you this brand new way to explore the ship.

Go on a family adventure

Cutty Sark is a fantastic day out with the kids. Explore the family friendly interactive displays and get a taste of life at sea. Who knows? You may even bump into the Captain himself...

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Come face to face with our fantastic figureheads

Visit the Long John Silver Figurehead collection and spot the literary, historic and political figures depicted in the world's largest Merchant Navy figurehead collection. Learn too all about the man behind the collection, and how he earned his piratical nickname...

A woman in a red cardigan stands on the deck of Cutty Sark admiring the view towards Canary Wharf

Enjoy the view

Enjoy stunning views across the River Thames. Look out at the London skyline, spot the landmarks spread around you and snap that all-important picture with the deck and rigging surrounding you.


Explore under the hull

Reach up and touch the copper hull of the ship that made Cutty Sark the fastest of its day. The Dry Dock is one of the most dramatic locations in London, with the ship hovering in mid-air above you. Oh, and did you know you can even hire this space for parties?

Celebrate Cutty Sark's royal connections

His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh was Patron of Cutty Sark for more than 70 years, and was instrumental in the ship coming to Greenwich in 1954. In an area steeped in royal and maritime history, Cutty Sark takes pride of place.

A family sits on leather padded seats inside the wood panelled captain's cabin of Cutty Sark

Visit the Captain’s Cabin

This is the beating heart of the ship, where decisions made that would affect the lives of everyone on board. Not every master of Cutty Sark got it right – and the consequences could be deadly...

Meet the Cutty Sark characters

Meet colourful characters from Cutty Sark’s past and hear astonishing stories about life at sea in the age of sail. Chat to the ship’s owner Jock Willis, the ship’s cook or meet Captain Woodget himself, Cutty Sark’s longest serving master. Who knows? He may even make you one of his crew...

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Choose your tickets


Cutty Sark

  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Audio guide included
Adult £16
Child £8
A photography looking up at the rigging of sailing ship Cutty Sark. A man wearing a helmet and harness is standing in the ropes looking down at the photographer


Cutty Sark Rig Climb

  • Unique climbing experience
  • Zip line descent
  • Entry to ship included
  • Restrictions apply - check T&Cs before purchase
  Regular Plus
Adult from £41 from £51
Child from £26 from £36
Student from £31 from £41
A brother and sister with their back to the camera look out from the viewpoint at the top of Greenwich Park towards historic Greenwich

Royal Museums Greenwich Day Pass

  • Cutty Sark
  • Royal Observatory
  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Planetarium shows not included
Adult £25
Child £12.50

Member tickets

  • Free Museums entry
  • Priority booking
  • Membership card number required
Advance booking recommended
National Maritime Museum

Become a Member

  • Unlimited entry all year
  • Royal Observatory
  • Cutty Sark
  • Planetarium Shows
  • Special exhibitions
Direct Debit One-off
Individual: £50 Individual: £60
Family: from £65 Family: from £75