Cutty Sark Self-directed visits

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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: 
Art, Geography, History, Literacy
Cutty Sark

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, geography, numeracy, science or design and technology topics. The ship is also a fantastic stimulus for music, dance, drama and creative writing projects.

We recommend a duration of 60 to 90 minutes, though groups are welcome to stay longer.

Visit both Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum in one day to find all the inspiration children need to write creative stories set at sea. It is possible to book self-guided time at the National Maritime Museum.

Booking a session

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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