Cutty Sark's main deck and ship's wheel

Cutty Sark closure

Visitor notice: Cutty Sark will be closed on Sunday 1 March for the Vitality Big Half Marathon. The Park Row car park will also be closed to the public all weekend. On 29 February and 1 March access to the National Maritime Museum and Queen's House will be via the Romey Road or William Walk gates. Our other museum sites will be open as usual. Plan your visit

Essential information

Opening times: 
10.00–17.00 daily
Cutty Sark, Level 2: Main Deck
Free to members

Do you have what it takes to steer 963 tons of Victorian tea clipper on the high seas?

Included with entry ticket to Cutty Sark.

  • Get a taste of life on the ocean waves, including the chance to take the ship's wheel and learn how to steer 963 tons of Victorian tea clipper through storms and high seas.
  • Learn the story of one of the most famous and magnificent ships in the world with one of our guides.
  • Take in epic views of the London skyline.

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 Cutty Sark. It's a reminder of what a triumph of engineering this tea clipper was in her day, with the ingenious design taking up far less space within the ship than earlier tiller designs - ideal for a cargo carrier.

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