Looking for something to do in London this weekend?
Well – how about a trip to find out what’s on at the Cutty Sark, Greenwich??
We were invited to visit the Cutty Sark, Greenwich, London by the Royal Museums Greenwich for the weekend celebrations of the Cutty Sark’s 150th birthday. #CuttySark150
What’s on at the Cutty Sark, Greenwich London? We took a day trip on the Ship’s 150th Birthday – there is so much to do for all the family!
How easy is it to visit the Cutty Sark London?
It’s super easy to reach Greenwich by rail or river, just eight minutes from central London by rail, 20 minutes by DLR (Docklands Light Railway), or make the journey part of the fun and arrive by boat.
Lunch and then amazing views of the Thames
Such a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours exploring (and lunch, coffee and cake!) aboard the beautifully renovated Cutty Sark.
I personally feel so connected to this part of London.
When we finished art school, my close friend Sarah moved to Greenwich, and my first work placement as a designer was just up the road at Greenwich Design.
Years later with two small children of my own, I was back as creative director at the ethical kidswear brand Green Baby, just around the corner to the Cutty Sark, conveniently located opposite the DLR station.
Things have really changed for the Cutty Sark in these years too, in May 2007 there was a catastrophic fire which caused a great deal of damage – and she finally reopened in 2012 and looks just beautiful now with her copper-plated hull.
The deck of the Cutty Sark is a great spot for breathtaking views across London, and Iurge you to definitely make time to visit Greenwich Royal Park or amble through Greenwich Market whilst you are there.
So Happy Birthday, Cutty Sark!
150 years ago, the ship launched from Dumbarton in November 1869.
We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the ship’s 150th birthday weekend of events, with face paints, crafts, tea and they even threw in free entry to residents of Greenwich and Dumbarton.
A brief history
Cutty Sark’s first voyage departed London on 15 February 1870, bound for Shanghai. On this outward voyage, the ship carried a general cargo, including wine, spirits and beer and manufactured goods. After successfully reaching China on 31 May, the ship was loaded with 1,305,812 lbs of tea, the equivalent of around 47 double decker buses!
We enjoyed the short watchable film that is played on loop below deck, explaining this and the record breaking journeys from Sydney to Australia, throughout the Cutty Sark’s life on the ocean.
My Cutty Sark instagram post was spotted by writer Steph Nimmo. I chatted to Steph about how impressed she was with accessibility, whilst visiting the Cutty Sark with her youngest daughter Daisy. “The Cutty Sark is a favourite destination with Daisy, you would never know how accessible it is unless you went there with a person with mobility issues. There are lifts inside and Daisy was able to wheel up and down the main deck with her siblings. The cabins have wheelchair height windows so that she can peer through and see what’s inside. The information signs are also in Braille and some of the visitor assistants are trained in BSL (British Sign Language). We all love the fabulous cafe and display of figureheads below the keel of the ship.”
Steph writes at www.wasthisintheplan.co.uk
When we visited the Cutty Sark, there was a real mix of ages among the visitors. As an adult, it’s entertaining and informative, and as a child it’s super fascinating and engaging. As Steph says above, cabins to peer into, and games and displays of cargo that really spark interest.
If you’d like more detail on the history click here www.rmg.co.uk/cutty-sark/history
And if you’d like to find out about opening times, events and entry fees click here www.rmg.co.uk/cutty-sark
This post was written in collaboration with the https://www.rmg.co.uk