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Cutty Sark, London

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The last surviving tea clipper (cargo sailing ship designed for speed) built before the advent of steam-engine ships, Cutty Sark offers a colorful look at British maritime history. Walk aboard to learn the boat's story--and that of tea clippers in general--through interactive displays. Head down to the hold to see where the ship kept its cargo. If you get hungry, eat in the Even Keel Cafe. The soups, deli sandwiches, and chocolate fudge cake likely represent much finer fare than the ship's sailors enjoyed over a century ago. The lower hold is now a studio theater, so check the schedule if you want to see a performance in this unique venue. Buy admission tickets for the ship online before your visit, because tickets at the entrance sometimes sell out. Before you head to London, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly London vacation planner, to make sure you see all that London has to offer, including Cutty Sark.
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  • This is probably the most unusually displayed boat in the world, and one of a kind, literally. Not sure, if the entry fee is worth it, but a selfie with the boat comes out impressive. Actually, the cl...  more »
  • I've been visiting Greenwich university & kept meaning to visit the Cutty Sark whilst I was there. It's a fabulous structure which is even more stunning when it's seen close up. Very much enjoyed goin...  more »
  • Well you can not miss it in Greenwich so it's best to visit. If you take your time and read carefully and take in what happened to the ship, then it's a very good experience. You learn how the boat wa...  more »
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  • I took my little one to see the Cutty Sark in the historic town of Greenwich. He was so happy to see a tall ship. He asked so many questions and didn't wanted to leave when it was time to go. Greenwich is my Borough, we were very historically fascinating town. He's so amazed by how historic his local town is and how many people travel from all over the world to be there.
  • Fabulous Restoration. Went in 2006 days after the fire with my family, had travelled from Australia to visit for a second time, so was not happy to discover the extensive damage. Third visit in 2017. WOW, beautifully restored. Great AV presentations. Now the dry dock is covered with a cafe, awesome experience to sit down and eat under the suspended, copper sheathed, hull.
  • Fantastic slice of British Merchant Navy History. You are able to see all three decks of the ship, as well as the bottom of the hull. Lots of interactive displays for kids (including grown up ones) and a lot of the exhibit is wheelchair accessible via a lift. A bit pricy although you can get a discounted ticket for the Royal Observatory as well, and there are various concessions available. And a large cafe area and well-stocked gift shop on site. All in all, a really fascinating insight into part of British sailing history, with the bonus of lots of other things to see and do in Greenwich, all within easy reach of The Cutty Sark!
  • So beautiful and almost feels like you're no longer in London. The mix of old and new architecture enhances the feel of being on a campus. In summer, street performances will occur all day around the Cutty Sark boat which is such an interesting and beautiful sight to watch whilst you're having the lunch you bought from the many market places Cutty Sark offers My favourite place
  • Beautifully restored clipper ship. Retains much of it's original material and the beautiful tour allows you to see how life in Sea was at the time. The restaurant beneath the keel and rudder section is just in a brilliant setting. Must for any history lover or ship/engineering enthusiast.

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Many of London's main attractions are spread out, so nearby public transportation is key. There is no downtown area as such in London, and some of the least expensive hotels have more convenient access to tourist sites than the costlier ones. For a quintessential London experience, consider staying in the West End. This part of town offers excellent theaters, historical sites, and eating and shopping options for every taste. Lodging won’t be cheap, but you’ll have the colorful variety of London life right at your doorstep. Look at Notting Hill or Chelsea for charming and less expensive boutique hotels and B&Bs.
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