Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Cutty Sark - Exploring the Fastest Ship of its Time

Greenwich is a lovely area of London, rich in maritime history and home to many attractions such as the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum. My new favorite London attraction is the Cutty Sark, a fully restored 19th-century sailing ship that has rested in Greenwich since 1954. The last surfing tea clipper, the Cutty Sark was the fastest ship of her time and visitors can not only tour the ship, but can also walk underneath the hull in this fascinating exhibition.

Guests begin their journey with a tour of the interior of the ship, working their way up floor by floor until reaching the top deck where the panoramic views of London are incredible. From the sleeping quarters to the cargo hold, all is there to be seen with artifacts that have survived on display including the ship's dinnerware, books and furniture. Interspersed throughout the exhibition are films and interactive activities for both adults and children to make the experience of a trip on-board the Cutty Sark come alive. Following the tour, guests are then taken below the ship where they can walk underneath the hull and explore the vast collection of figureheads, my personal favorite part of the exhibition. 

If you're visiting London, the Cutty Sark is a must-see. It's rich history in the tea trade is just as fascinating as the inner workings of a ship of its size. Paired with the Royal Observatory just a short walk away, the available bundle ticket makes a great day out learning about the UK's vast maritime, astronomy and science histories.

To visit the attraction, take the DLR to the Cutty Sark stop which is just a short walk away from the attraction. Tickets are available online or at the site at £13.50 for adults, £7 for children and £11.50 for concessions. Bundle tickets for visiting both the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory are £17 for adults, £8 for children and £13.50 for concessions. There are also family bundles available.


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