Cutty Sark Tickets

Opening hours

Open daily from 10am until 5pm. the last admission is at 4.15pm.

From the 20th of July until the 30th of August it remains open until 6pm with the last entry at 5.15pm.

The attraction is closed from the 24th – 26th of December.

How to get there

Docklands Light Railway- Cutty Sark DLR station has step-free access.

Train- Greenwich and Maze Hill railway stations have step free access using ramps, lifts and an underpass.

Bus- routes 129, 177, 180, 188, 199 and 386 all stop close to Cutty Sark.

Car- accessible parking is available but must be pre-booked. Parking is available but spaces are limited.

Bicycle- traffic free routes using parks and the National Cycle Network gives good access for cyclists. Cycle racks are available in the car park in Park Row.

FAQ

How much do tickets to Cutty Sark cost?
Tickets bought online cost £13.50 for adults and £6.75 for children. Tickets bought at the ticket office cost £15 for adults and £7.50 for children. There are several combination tickets available that include other attractions at Royal Museums Greenwich, check https://www.rmg.co.uk/plan-your-visit/tickets-prices for all the prices and attractions.
Is Cutty Sark wheelchair accessible?
Yes, but due to limited space wheelchair access is restricted to three wheelchair users at any time. There are lifts available giving access to all levels of the ship. Some areas of the main deck are not accessible to wheelchairs. However, these areas are covered with virtual accessibility. The ships structure limits the size of the lift on board and so mobility scooters cannot gain access to the ship. A step free route to the ship is available from King William Walk and Greenwich Pier.
What is the Cutty Sark?
The Cutty Sark is the only surviving extreme clipper left in the world. Most of the fabric of the hull is original. Clipper ships have three features, a long narrow hull, a sharp bow to cut through the waves and three masts.
How old is the Cutty Sark?
The Cutty Sark is more than 150 years old. As a British merchant ship it visited 16 different countries and travelled the equivalent of two and a half voyages to the moon and back.
What does Cutty Sark mean?
The name Cutty Sark was taken from a poem Tam O’Shanter, written by Robert Burns. It was a reference to a short nightgown worn by an attractive young witch in the poem known as Nannie.
When was Cutty Sark built?
The Cutty Sark was launched in Dumbarton, Scotland on the 22nd of November, 1869. Its maiden voyage to Shanghai began from London in 1870. Its first voyage held a cargo of wine, spirits and beer. On its return from the Chinese port it carried 1.3 million pounds of tea.

Must Know

The working life of Cutty Sark
The ship was built to last just 30 years but actually served as a working ship for almost double that, 52 years. It was then a training ship for 22 years and for the past sixty years has been a visitor attraction at Greenwich.
Built for the tea trade
The Citty Sark was built expressly for the tea trade from China. During its career the ship carried an array of cargo including nearly 10 million lbs of tea from 1870 until 1877.
The Opening of the Suez Canal
The Suez Canal brought an end to the sailing ships employed in the tea trade so Cutty Sark was given a new role including transporting coal before being used to bring wool from Australia.
Famed for its speed
The Cutty Sark was at the forefront of clipper design and one of the fastest ships of its era. After 14 years of service the ship was recording the fastest times in the passage from Australia to England. Under the ships master, Richard Woodget, Cutty Sark was the most dominant ship bringing cargoes of wool back to England from Australia.
Surviving several difficulties
During the ships lifespan, Cutty Sark has survived heavy seas, war, neglect, fire and old age to still be in one piece in Greenwich. On two occasions the rudder was ripped off, de-masted during WW1 and a devastating fire in 2007.
Crew
Cutty Sark had a crew of 653 men when serving as a British merchant ship. Many of the crew only completed one round voyage from London and back again. Their ages ranged from 14 year old apprentices to sail makers in their 50’s. The crew was made up of more than 30 nationalities.
Changes of Name
When Cutty Sark was sold to a Portuguese company in 1895 the ship was renamed Ferreira and served for 27 years under that name before becoming the Maria do Amparo after another change of ownership.
Figureheads
On the Cutty Sark you will find the biggest collection in the world of figureheads, the carved wooden figures that sit at the prow of a ship.

Places Nearby

Crystal Palace Park
Crystal Palace takes its name from the beautiful glass palace that once stood here and was destroyed in a fire in 1936. This area in South London is just 30 minutes from Central London and is home to the world’s oldest lize size dinosaur sculptures. The Victorian Park also has a maze, a giant chess board as well as the National Sports Centre. In the park you will also find flower gardens and the remains of that glass palace.
Eltham Palace & Gardens
During favourable weather it is worth the trip to visit this 1930s style art deco residence. There are also moated gardens as well as the remains of a Tudor royal palace. It is a dream home that was created for the Courtauld’s, Stephen and Virginia and their unusual pet, a lemur. Inside the quirky home you will find circular carpets, exquisite marquetry, some unusually natty chrome taps and a free audio guide together with footage of a home movie to direct you around the property. The building was extensively renovated and reopened in 2015 with a new visitor centre.
Emirates Air Line
The Emirates Air Line is a 1000 yard cable car ride across the Thames from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks. It opened in 2012 and is an intriguing mixture of an aerial sightseeing trip together with a handy commuter link. It can be busy at weekends with queues likely. The ride takes 5-10 minutes to complete and offers dramatic views of the O2 Arena and Canary Wharf.