Self-directed visits

Half marathon notice

Visitor notice: On Sunday 4 March Cutty Sark and the museum car park will be closed for the Vitality Big Half Marathon. All other museums will be open as normal and DLR and rail links will be running. Find out about road closures

Essential information

Key stage: 
Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, GCSE, Post-16
School subject: 
Geography, History
Cutty Sark
Session times: 
Weekdays at 10.00, 11.00 and 12.00

A self-directed trip allows you to tailor your Cutty Sark visit to the needs of your class. The ship’s stories, fabric and structure offer a wide range of opportunities to link a visit to the curriculum.

There are particularly strong opportunities to link a visit to literacy, humanities, numeracy, science or design and technology topics. The ship is also a fantastic stimulus for music, dance, drama and creative writing projects.

Self-directed visits are available on weekdays during term-time when workshops are not running. We recommend a duration of 60 to 90 minutes, though groups are welcome to stay longer. 

PDF iconKey Stage 1 and 2, Cutty Sark: Numeracy - Self directed support

PDF iconKey Stage 2, Literacy Storybuilding: Self directed Teachers note

Sessions cannot be booked online, this is always done via an email or phone enquiry in the first instance.

To book a visit, telephone 020 8312 6608 or e-mail

Cutty Sark schools' booking information

Learning resources

Teachers' guide to visiting Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark Facts Pack

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