A great, interactive way to explore the last surviving Tea Clipper, reputedly the fastest of her time. The boat has been recently restored following an arson attack and offers a seamless link between old and new. Having been raised off the ground, visitors are now able to walk under the boat to get an even greater understanding of the size and strength of this iconic attraction. Once onboard, young and old alike can discover what life was like for the crew of the Cutty Sark over 100 years ago.
There is a huge amount happening over Easter at the Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum. Many of the children’s events and galleries are free. There are egg hunts, arts and crafts activities, stories and fun every day of the school holidays. Full details an be found here.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
This is a fantastic find for all parents! Everything on board is completely geared to children of all ages. There is a family fun trail which gives you fun facts to guide you through the ship including stamps you need to find and there are a whole host of games and interactive activities on all decks. They also have under fives activity backpacks although these weren’t offered to us so you will need to ask for them. They run guided tours which are fun and informative although more geared towards older children and adults. The tour ends up under the hull of the ship by the cafe. The huge space is perfect for little people to run around and explore and they often have family craft activities going on which are great fun for all (adults included!). A great half day trip out!
Address: King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9HT.
Playground: No, but the brilliant playground at the bottom of Greenwich Park is only 15 minutes walk away.
Cafe: The Even Keel Cafe at the base of the ship which sells a variety of hot and cold drinks as well as sandwiches, snacks, soup and a selection of hot food. They also offer children’s meals. There is plenty of seating and the café is clean. They also offer afternoon tea if booked in advance (£19.95 including admission to the ship).
Toilets: Toilets are located next to the cafe underneath the hull of the ship and they have a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: There is step-free access across the majority of the ship via lifts and the ship is easy to navigate with a buggy/wheelchair. On the main top deck there are a number of sections of the boat that have stairs where there is no lift e.g. down into the captains living quarters and inside some of the rooms the entrance off the deck is narrow. However there are plenty of spots to leave a buggy to go in and explore these areas for short periods of time. Wheelchair spaces are limited to three at a time.
Parking: there is parking on the local streets nearby which costs £2.50 per hour. The cheapest place to park is either the Sainsbury’s car park opposite the Greenwich Picturehouse (£2 per hour) or the top of Greenwich Park itself (£1.20 per hour max. four hours).
Train: Greenwich station (seven minute walk).
DLR: Cutty Sark (three minute walk)
Tube: North Greenwich then take bus towards Greenwich centre.
Bus: Many buses go through the centre of Greenwich. More info is here: www.rmg.co.uk/visit/get-here/by-bus.
Email: [email protected]
Cutty Sark says ‘Families – play our interactive app Captain Woodget’s Apprentice on the main deck. Borrow an under-5’s back pack or pick up our new free family trail from the admissions desk to help you explore the ship’.
There are many family activities and events on board, including a weekly ‘Toddler Time’ which includes stories and games for little sailors. Full details are here: http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/events?f=field_museum_venue%3A333&f=field_audience%3A2&f=field_audience%3A1.
There are various ticket options and combo tickets can be bought for other local attractions: www.rmg.co.uk/visit/tickets-and-prices
Opening hours: 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Last admission 4.15 p.m.
The Cutty Sark won a ‘Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence’ in 2014.
Review by Charlotte Xanthidis.