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Cutty Sark’s deck is being conserved. While this takes place the Poop Deck will not be accessible, although visitors can still see the ship's wheel on temporary display in the Dry Dock. Find out more about what's happening
From the dizzy height of the main mast to the surprises below deck, step aboard and discover the best Cutty Sark has to offer.
The beautiful ship in the heart of Greenwich is open all year round, and visitors are free to explore all areas of the ship.
Not sure where to start? Check out the highlights below to make the most of your day out.
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, well... because there was no flushing water, sailors would simply use salt water to flush everything out into the sea!
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.
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. Did you know you can even hire this space for parties?
Indulge in a special afternoon tea sitting directly beneath Cutty Sark's iconic copper-clad hull. Choose from a selection of teas, sandwiches and sweet treats as you marvel at the historic engineering of the fastest ship of its day.
All table bookings include entry to the ship, so you can explore Cutty Sark at your leisure before or after your meal.
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.
Cutty Sark is a fantastic day out with the kids. Explore the family-friendly interactive displays and get a taste of life at sea.
Regular events on board help to make the voyage even more action-packed. From craft workshops and shanty singing to character actors and toddler time, there's always something new to discover. And remember, family membership gives you year-round entry for free!
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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...
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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'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 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.
You don't really know a ship until you know how what it's like to live on board. Discover more about how the crew lived, where they slept – and the meals they ate at sea.
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.