- Outside the city
What you'll do
The iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich provides an immersive experience that's not to be missed. Climb aboard and discover the adventures of this historic ship and her crew.
Enjoy access to Cutty Sark with The London Pass®
- Pay nothing at the door – simply show your pass.
- Enjoy interactive displays.
- Discover what life was like on board for the crew.
Delve into the adventures of the Cutty Sark and her crew in an immersive experience that brings her fascinating history to life. Follow in the footsteps of those who sailed her, explore interactive displays that evoke the sights, smells, and sounds of life at sea, enjoy sweeping views of the Thames, and walk right underneath the ship’s gleaming hull to touch a piece of world history.
Cutty Sark history
Clipper Ships were first introduced to the seas in the 1840s by American shipbuilders in response to booming commerce and the need for faster transportation of cargo to meet its demands. Commissioned by the British shipping magnate Jock ‘Whitehat’ Willis, the Cutty Sark was launched from Dumbarton in 1869. She was a masterpiece - a showcase of expert sailing ship design. Her three masts set the ship forwards at an incredible speed of 17 knots, making her one of the fastest ships on the sea in the 1870s.
Her speed made her a highly profitable vessel as she traversed the globe, bringing crops of tea from China - an incredibly fashionable commodity in the tearooms and parlours of Victorian Britain. Inflated by the stories of her prowess on water and her success in trade, the Cutty Sark’s owners put her forward for a tea race in 1872. The stakes were high as people put huge bets on her sure-fire victory. She ran neck and neck with a competing boat, Thermopylae, in the Indian Ocean, until the Cutty Sark’s rudder broke loose, costing her the race, but nevertheless cementing her legend on the water.
However, there were dark times ahead. Industry spurred on the advent of steamships on the water, setting a new standard of speed for merchant ships around the world. And in 1880, when the Cutty Sark set off on a voyage to Japan, a fight amongst the crew left one man dead and a mutinous crew on board. The captain committed suicide thinking his career was ruined. The Cutty Sark was held to account and soon a new reputation was assigned to her as a ‘hellship’: a cursed vessel. Her fortunes, however, were not to be consigned to superstition for long.
For a decade, she would preserve her legend on water through lightning voyages and the careful and generous attention of her owner, Jock Willis. After ceasing to be profitable, she spent 25 years transporting cargo, managing to avoid German U-boats during World War I, and in 1936, she spent her time at a Training College at Greenhithe by British naval cadets.
Cutty Sark Greenwich - A New Chapter
In her later years, the Cutty Sark found a permanent home in Greenwich, London, where she is docked. This ship at Greenwich has become an iconic landmark, drawing visitors from around the world.
Cutty Sark highlights
- Delve into the adventures of this iconic ship and her crew in an immersive experience that brings her fascinating history to life.
- Follow in the footsteps of those who sailed her, explore interactive displays that evoke the sights, smells and sounds of life at sea, enjoy sweeping views of the Thames, and walk right underneath the ship’s gleaming hull to touch a piece of world history.
- The Cutty Sark Cafe, situated directly underneath the ship's spectacular hull, provides a relaxed setting for a Cutty Sark-inspired cup of tea and cake.
- Take away a memory of the ship when you leave; a bespoke range of quality gifts is available at the Cutty Sark shop.
How to Visit Cutty Sark with The London Pass®
If you're planning a Cutty Sark visit, you'll be pleased to know that Cutty Sark tickets can be purchased online or at the venue. Better yet, the Cutty Sark is one of the 100+ attractions accessible with The London Pass®, offering a convenient and cost-effective way to explore Cutty Sark London and other landmarks.
Cutty Sark facts
- Cutty Sark is 150 years old. During her years as a British merchant ship, she visited sixteen different countries, travelling the equivalent of two and a half voyages to the moon and back.
- Built to last for just 30 years, the Cutty Sark almost doubled her lifespan by serving as a working ship for 52 years. The survivor of heavy seas, war, neglect, obsolescence, fire, and old age, she is now proudly displayed for all to see in Greenwich.
Cutty Sark Shop
- Take away a memory of the ship when you leave; a great selection of quality gifts is available at the Cutty Sark shop in Greenwich.
Know before you go
Getting in: present your pass at the admissions desk.
Please note: to avoid disappointment, customers are strongly advised to check availability on the Cutty Sark's website.
Where you'll be
King William Walk, Greenwich, GB
Daily: 10AM to 5PM (last admission 4:15PM)
Closings & holidays
24, 25 & 26 December annually
020 8312 6608
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