The legendary Cutty Sark is the most recognisable landmark in Greenwich. Originally built on the River Clyde in 1869, the British clipper ship was moved to its current position on a dry dock in Greenwich town centre in 1954.
Visitors to family-friendly Cutty Sark can climb aboard the main deck, walk beneath the hull and explore the main cabin of the ship to get a feel for the lives of crew and captain back in the day.
Visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website to buy reduced tickets to the Cutty Sark museum. There's also an option to make a day of it and buy a combined ticket to see other Greenwich attractions including the Royal Observatory and the Meridian Line.
Cutty Sark was an important vessel during the tea trade in the 1800's. The magnificent ship sailed in eight “tea seasons," embarking on a journey that went from London to China and back again. During Cutty Sark's heyday, the boat visited nearly every major port in the world. With the ship's refined hull and huge sales, she earned a reputation around the globe as one of the fastest of her kind (Cutty Sark could travel over 17 knots, or about 20 miles per hour).
After a stint in the tea trade, Cutty Sark was used to trade wool between Australia and Britain, consistently breaking records for the amount of time it took to make the journey. After steamships began to dominate the seas, Cutty Sark was sold to the Portuguese company Ferreira and Co and used as a cargo ship. Several changes of hand later, and the ship was eventually installed in her permanent display place in Greenwich.
Cutty Sark has survived through two World Wars, the Great Fire of London and multiple other disasters (including two small fires in 2007 and 2014). These days, it is the only surviving tea clipper in the world and a popular tourist destination for people travelling to London. It's part of the National Historic Fleet, as well as the Royal Museums Greenwich group, which also includes the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House, and the Royal Observatory.
Cutty Sark is also a major landmark and viewing point on the London Marathon route, with its prime location right at the beginning of the race (runners set off from Blackheath, just southeast of Greenwich). Spectators can jump aboard and grab a front-row spot to view the race from the main deck.
The Cutty Sark train station is 20 minutes from Central London on the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) and the nearest underground station is North Greenwich on the Jubilee line. You can also arrive by boat from multiple docks across the city.
Travel tip: The area around Greenwich and Cutty Sark is generally super crowded and busy during Marathon time, so keep your wits about you and get there with plenty of time!
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