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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 retired tea clipper has been beautifully preserved, and recently restored in an innovative fashion. Set in a dry dock, and ingeniously raised three metres above the ground, this is an access-all-...  more »
  • Last time I was in London to visit the ship it went up in flames the night before. We took the Clipper boat down the river from Westminster to Greenwich. This was a nice trip and let you see many of t...  more »
  • We had a great time. The exhibits are well set out and very interesting. My granddaughter really enjoyed completing the children's trail. Learning about the ship in a relaxed way made the visit all th...  more »
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  • Good museum documenting not only the ship itself but the trades it supported. You do need to pay to get in though which can put people off. Worth the money though.
  • I've visited many different ship displays in the past, but this one is rather unique in that after your tour is over with, you can go down to the bottom level and actually walk underneath the ship! The presentations, displays and media guides are well done and informative. Walking along the deck of the ship, you get an interesting feel for what it was like to sail on this ship back in the day. There are very knowledgeable staff on hand to answer questions, the gift shop is filled with Cutty Sark gifts and the cafe is pretty decent as well, especially if it's cold outside.
  • Brilliant piece of history saved for the nation by a generous benefactor. I never knew that tea trips to China took 10 months! And how they could sleep in those tiny bunks I'll never know.
  • Love the place, so Zen. Exhibits in and out and people working there über polite and helpful. Bit busy on weekends but it's easy to manage crowds and avoid them.
  • Much better experience than I imagined before going. Nice short film about the history of it. Short but explanatory panels about the history of the boat which makes the visit informative while not boring