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Cutty Sark

KidRated’s Cutty Sark Top Tips:

  • While you’re in Greenwich enjoy the other delights the area has to offer – such as the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum or relaxing in Greenwich Park
  • Check out the special events held at the Cutty Sark
  • Start the adventure early by arriving by DLR

‘Cutty Sark’, made famous by Robert Burns’ poem ‘Tam o’ Shanter’, actually means nightdress in old Scottish. Built in 1869, the Cutty Sark is one of the last and fastest clipper ships to be built in Britain. Previously a cargo, then auxiliary cadet ship, she’s been on display to the public since 1954, and despite the devastating fire in 2007 this 19th century tea clipper is still composed of the same wood and iron from which she was originally built.


The ship houses several collections of museum objects and archives. The archives reflect the history of the ship dating as far back as 1869, while the objects demonstrate how the ship functioned. A great experience for any budding sailors (or tea lovers) out there keen to experience the world and work of a 19th century merchant sailor.


For young kids, visit the ship when a Cutty Sark Character is on hand to tell stories about life on board, or try out the Wednesday-morning Toddler Time for songs, stories and playtime.


In 2014 Kids In Museum invited us down to see some local school kids hosting Takeover Day at the Cutty Sark. Click here to see how they got on.


Booking Advice:

  • Check the website for combi deals with the National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Royal Observatory
  • You can buy tickets on the door, by phone or online
  • Buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment



King William Walk
SE10 9HT

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 8858 4422


Opening hours:

Mon to Sun 10:00 – 17.00
Last admission 16.00

How to get there:

Nearest DLR: Cutty Sark


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About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • Free family trails are available when you arrive.
  • ‘Cutty Sark Characters’ are onboard most weekends.
  • Order the ‘Discounted travel + Cutty Sark’ ticket to get a cheaper river return ticket.
  • Order the afternoon tea and it includes entry to the ship making the posh cakes really cheap.
  • Go to the nearby ‘Discover Greenwich’ visitor centre for free indoor fun and info on what else is happening that day.
  • Grab a sandwich from the shops near the DLR station then head to Greenwich Park for some running around time.
  • You can find loads more information by Laura Porter at 

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    1. Lucy Moses

      This is such a great experience and the beautiful Greenwich Park is a stones throw away for a picnic and park fun! The children’s playground is fab and in the summer you can go in a boat on the little lake!

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