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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. To visit Cutty Sark and other attractions in London, use our London journey planning tool .
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  • A day with the grand daughters 5 and 7 - what to do? So a boat trip down the Thames courtesy of Thames Clippers to Greenwich. An al fresco lunch as well as ice creams, strawberries, merry go round and...  more »
  • Visited on a Sunday morning. There was a bit of a queue to buy tickets, but not at all crowded once we were in. Lots of things to amuse children of all ages, and the free guided tour of the deck by th...  more »
  • Not only the foot who goes to Greenwich should make tunnel, but also that! Beautifully restored is the ship directly to the Bank. It is not too crowded and worth money. It's a pity that there is no audio guide. Also for children there is plenty to discover.
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  • My wife and I found our visit to the Cutty Sark one of the most interesting and well put together attractions that we visited. It would appeal to all age groups with plenty of information available on various boards through out the ship as well as some great interactive displays for the young (and not so young) to enjoy. We thought the entry fee was reasonable considering you could stay all day if you wanted. There is also plenty to see and do in the immediate area as well. We walked through the Greenwich foot tunnel as well as took a river cruise down to the Thames Barriers and back. Close to the beautiful Greenwich park too.
  • Wonderful museum and breathtaking setting (check out the below the hull architecture). Inside and on the ship's decks they have done a marvellous job of creating a sense of life on board and the fascinating history of the ship. Kids and adults of all ages would be equally entertained. Cafe is under the hull, and if it wasn't for the view, would be pretty ordinary.
  • Very interesting. Good coverage of the tea trade and history. Excellently preserved ship. Very good cafe where you sit underneath the ship.
  • Really cool tea clipper; lots to see and do. Interactive games, videos, and activities are found on board. The captain even let me "steer" the ship which was fun, aha. Staff were friendly and helpful. I thought the view from under the ship was a neat spot for a cafe.
  • It’s impressive just to come and see the outside of the boat. The history of it is interesting and it has a mixture of things for adults and children to look at, but I think it is a bit light on content if you go inside.

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