Cutty Sark is open to the public from: 10 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Sun, Sep to mid-Jul); 10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Sun, mid-Jul to Aug); Last entry 45 mins before closing
A typical visit to Cutty Sark lasts 1¼-1½ hours (approx)
The entry price for Cutty Sark is: Adult price £13.50; Child cost £7.00 (5-15); Infants free entry (under-5); Family ticket £35.00
Visiting hours and admission charges are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm entrance fees and whether it’s open to visitors before booking tickets and making plans to visit Cutty Sark
How to get to Cutty Sark
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The Cutty Sark clipper ship is dry-docked by Greenwich Pier. When she was built in 1869 she was the fastest tea clipper of her generation, sometimes sailing up to 360 miles a day. In 1871 she even set a record for the trip between London and China – completing the journey in just 107 days.
The opening of the Suez Canal a short time later cut journey times for every boat in the world, and the Cutty Sark’s speed was no longer an issue. She was sold to a Portuguese company in 1895, and bought back in 1954.
She now contains a fine collection of ship’s figureheads.
What does ‘Cutty Sark’ name mean?
The Cutty Sark takes her name from an old Robert Burns poem called Tam O’Shanter, which mentions a pretty young witch wearing nothing but a cutty sark – the old name for a short skirt.
Roger – “We went to the cutty sark yesterday and it was quite a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. You can explore all over the Decks, inside and out which is good for the kids. Although I think it is probably more interesting for the adults. The only ships that children seem to like are pirate ships and battleships. Cargo ships.. Not so much! But it's educational, and if you combine it with a boat ride to greenwich then it's a nice day out.”