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
September - December 2023 visits: bookings now open.
January - July 2024 visits: bookings open from Wednesday 18 October 2023
Come and visit the world famous Cutty Sark! We offer a range of facilitated sessions as well as self-guided visits. Please browse our list of sessions below and click on the link to make a booking. Useful tips and practical information for planning your visit can be found in our downloadable schools guides.
Book an onsite school session
Find out about Cutty Sark SEND sessions here.
Find out if your school is eligible for a bursary here.
You are also welcome to make a self-guided visit to our sites. Please see our self-guided school visits page for more information.
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Monday - Friday, flexible times from 10.30 - 16.30
A self-directed trip allows you to tailor your visit to the needs of your class. The ship’s stories, as well as its original 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, science, design and technology or numeracy topics and we are developing resources to support these curriculum areas.
Visits are subject to availability and must be pre-booked. On average, a visit to the ship will last around 60-90 minutes.
EYFS: expressive arts and design, language and communication, understanding the world
*Available from January 2024. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10.15-11.15, 12:30-13:30
Scrub the deck and sing along! Join us for a musical journey on the world's last remaining tea clipper.
History, Literacy, Drama, EYFS: expressive arts and design
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10.15-11.15, 12:30-13:30
Discover how Cutty Sark got its name through this interactive story-telling session. Use song, dance, and drama to tell Robert Burns’ poem ‘Tam O’ Shanter’ and hear how Nannie the Witch ended up as Cutty Sark’s figurehead. After story time, explore the ship using one of our Story Ship trails!
Take our craft pack and use imagination and arts and crafts to create their very own figurehead back in the classroom
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10.15-11.30, 12.30-13:45
Join us on an interactive guided tour using the ship’s animals to discover why Cutty Sark is such important part of Greenwich. Students will discover the stories of Cutty Sark from 1869 to present day by taking part in a historical journey through the ship, led by one of Cutty Sark's learning team. The guided tour covers Cutty Sark's past, life on board and Cutty Sark as a significant place in local history today.
History, Literacy, Citizenship, Geography, Careers, Drama
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10.15-11.45, 12.30-14.00
Set sail on an exciting adventure at sea from London on board the world's last surviving Clipper Ship. Once you've picked your bunks and learnt the ropes, settle in for a ship's supper whipped up by Cutty Sark's cook, James Robson. Find out what life was like for sailors 150 years ago in this immersive session.
Set sail on an exciting adventure at sea from Victorian London to China in this unique Victorian setting. Using maps, handling objects and real-life letters from an apprentice, find out what life was like for merchant sailors in Victorian times.
History, Citizenship, Geography, Careers,
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10.15-11.45, 12.30-14.00
Climb on board the world’s last surviving tea clipper and discover what's needed for a successful trading voyage across he globe. Chart your course from London, having investigated the weather, trade routes and potential cargo loads, before taking part in a race back home.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10.15-12.00, 12.30-14.15
Explore this Victorian clipper ship and investigate the science involved in making a successful cargo voyage. During the session, schools will visit each level of the ship and discover its history and design. On the main deck, students will have a unique opportunity to move part of the ship which demonstrates how forces work on board (moving either the capstan or the yard arm) The students then make their own all-important winch or pulley.
Become detectives and investigate mystery objects on this guided tour of Cutty Sark. KS2 students will discover the stories of Cutty Sark from 1869 to present day by taking part in a mystery object exploration throughout the ship. Led by one of Cutty Sark's learning team, the guided tour covers Cutty Sark's past, life on board and Cutty Sark as a significant place in local history today.
Use mystery historical sources to work out the chronology of certain events central to Cutty Sark
Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods
Hear what it was like to be a sailor on board a 19th Century sailing vessel
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10.15-14.00
Join us for a day exploring a historic ship and discovering some of the jobs on board. Meet some of the members of the Cutty Sark team and discover how their careers developed. Try your hand at scrubbing the deck, giving a guided tour, making an announcement and much more!
History, Geography, Science, Engineering, Careers
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10:15-11:15, 12:30-13:30
Led by one of Cutty Sark's learning team, the guided tour covers Cutty Sark's past, life on board and Cutty Sark as a significant place in local history today.
Experiential, communication, social and cognitive
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:15-11:15, 12:30-13:30
Come and join us on board! We will explore the ship and it's objects, sing some songs and roleplay life on the high seas!
Our learning outcomes (GLOs) are:
Find fantastic school resources for all ages, key stages and subjects. Download our gallery trails to use in the Museum.