Region: Greater London

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Clipper Ship, Cutty Sark, King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9HT

Contact: 0208 312 6608



Discover what life was like on board the legendary sailing ship Cutty Sark, the world’s sole surviving tea clipper, and fastest ship of her time - now an award-winning visitor attraction. This 19th-century sailing ship has been raised over three metres allowing you the jaw-dropping experience of walking directly underneath.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Bring your class on board Cutty Sark, the world’s last surviving Victorian tea clipper, to experience the great age of sail.

School visits are warmly welcomed to the ship; we offer an exciting programme of curriculum-linked workshops for Foundation Stage to Key Stage 3, led by experienced facilitators. All workshops include opportunities to explore the ship and discover what life was like on board.  Alternatively, you can make a self-directed trip allowing you to tailor your visit to the needs of your class, free workshops with suggested activities can be found on our website.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

We offer a totally immersive experience aboard a unique and beautifully preserved ship.  All our visits are led by professional facilitators and delivered to the highest standards. 

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

Sandford Award.

What does a typical educational visit include?

We offer facilitated sessions led by our learning team and self-directed visits.  Depending on how you choose to plan your day a visit could include:

•             A facilitated workshop

•             Free time to explore the ship

•             A cross-site visit with the National Maritime Museum.

What group sizes do you cater for?

We cater for groups of up to 30 children at a time within designated time slots.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

Online resources are available from our website at:

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?


What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Teachers who have booked a session are offered a free pre-visit to Cutty Sark so that they can carry out a risk assessment and orientate themselves before bringing a class on board.

Does your venue have an education officer?

Yes, Cutty Sark employs a learning manager and a learning officer.  However, enquiries and bookings need to be made to our bookings team in the first instance.

What is the cost of the visit?

School bookings for Cutty Sark are available during term-time, to school groups studying the UK National Curriculum. Pre-booking is essential. Bookings are limited to one group (maximum 30 children) at a time, subject to availability.

Self-directed visits:£90 for up to 30 children, £45 for up to 15 children

Facilitated visits: £140 for up to 30 children, £95 for up to 15 children*

*Minimum group sizes may apply.

Cutty Sark Bursaries

We are pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries (4 per term) for our facilitated workshops. Bursaries are available to schools in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and neighbouring boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Bromley and Lewisham.

To be eligible, your school must have over 25% of children entitled to free school meals. Applications are limited to one group of 30 children per school.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

The main deck of the ship is not under cover; therefore children and supervising adults should come suitably dressed for the time of year that they visit.  No special clothing is required but please wear sensible shoes.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

We have qualified first aiders on-site.

Please list facilities available.

We have a café which sells snacks, drinks, sandwiches and cakes.  Our shop has a small selection of souvenir items that can be bought for between 75p - £5.  At busy times we may have to limit the amount of children in the shop at any one time.

What are your disabled facilities?

Each level of the ship is accessible by lift and we have accessible toilets.  We ask that schools let us know in advance about any special educational or access needs that pupils may have so that we can adjust workshops if required.

What are your opening days and hours?

We offer facilitated school sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and these have to be booked into designated time slots.

Self-directed visits can be booked on a Monday or a Friday between 10am-5pm

Cutty Sark’s Opening times:

Monday-Sunday, 10.00-17.00. Easter extended opening: open till 18.00, 25-30 March & 2-7 April. Closed 24-26 December.

Last admission:


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years

Type of Visit: Historical Heritage Maritime Museums SEN

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Drama English Geography History

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December