Greenwich Cutty Sark

Greenwich Cutty Sark

A top-10 UK visitor attraction, Royal Museums Greenwich is home to the iconic historic sailing ship Cutty Sark with its innovative copper hull.

Greenwich Cutty Sark

 

A top-10 UK visitor attraction, Royal Museums Greenwich is home to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the iconic historic sailing ship Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House art gallery. All our attractions are located within easy walking distance of each other within a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Discover what life was like on board the real Cutty Sark, the world’s sole surviving tea clipper, and fastest ship of her time - now an award-winning visitor attraction in Greenwich. This legendary 19th-century sailing ship has been raised over three metres allowing you the jaw-dropping experience of walking directly underneath and touching the original hull planks and iron framework, which date back to 1869.

 

Reach up and touch the beautiful, gleaming copper hull of the tea clipper Cutty Sark. To preserve the unique shape of Cutty Sark’s hull and relieve the pressure on the keel, Cutty Sark was lifted over three metres (10 feet) as part of the 2006-2012 Conservation Project. It was no small effort to achieve this – but you’ll agree it was worth it when you walk underneath Cutty Sark and gaze upwards to find yourself dwarfed by 963 tons of beautifully conserved Victorian tea clipper. Possibly most striking is the gleaming hull, covered in copper alloy sheathing of 70% copper and 30% zinc. If you can reach, you are welcome to touch.

 

Cutty Sark’s hull was innovative for its composite design, which combined wooden planks with an iron 'skeleton' of frames, beams and cross bracing. The result was a very strong, rigid ship, with more room for cargo, because the iron framework took up substantially less space than a wholly wooden hull. Originally the hull was covered in Muntz metal, a composite that was developed in Birmingham. The current sheathing has the same appearance, but is more readily available today.

 

Depart for home Approx. 17.30

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Bristol Anchor Road East Anchor Road Opposite @Bristol
Eastbound Bus Stop
Bristol Tesco Tesco's Eastville Bus stop - Jct 2 of M32
(Tesco's Car park only has a 2 Hr. parking limit)
Burnham on Sea Burnham on Sea, Pier Street
Bus Stop The Old Pier Tavern
Clevedon Clevedon
First Choice Travel Agency
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Leigh Delamere Services Leigh Delamere - Outbound - Eastbound Side
Return - Westbound Side - Coach Park
Taunton Taunton - Tower Street
Bus/Coach Station
Weston Borough Arms Borough Arms, Bus Shelter
after main entrance to old Clarks Factory
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Worle Bus Stop Worle Preanes Green, New Bristol Rd.
Summer Lane Bus Shelter
Worle - Homebase Worle - Homebase Bus Stop opposite Bridge Farm
New Bristol Road
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