The 22nd November 2019 marks the 150th birthday of the worlds last surviving tea clipper, the Cutty Sark. This iconic ship has been dry docked in Greenwich and open to the public for the last 60 years and the Cutty Sark is celebrating it’s landmark birthday with a weekend of celebrations.
Free entry to the Cutty Sark
Between 22-24 November, Royal Museums Greenwich are offering plenty of events and offers to visitors. This includes FREE entry to anyone living or studying in Greenwich. Simply bring a student card or proof of address on the day. Free entry is also offered to visitors from Dumbarton in Scotland, where the ship was first built in 1869.
Win a Royal Museums Greenwich membership
The 150th visitor each day will win a year’s free membership to Royal Museums Greenwich. Those that are not winners can join as a Member and receive a £10 discount off the usual one-off Membership price. T&Cs apply
Cutty Sark Birthday Events
Throughout the birthday weekend families can join in with a wide selection of events, including face painting, storytelling and craft events. Or take the kids along to the Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon of activities. As always there is a chance to meet the Cutty Sark characters in person, several times a day.
If you get peckish enjoy afternoon tea under the hull at the Cutty Sark Cafe. Or treat yourself to a limited edition bespoke 150th birthday cupcake!
For adults, there will be a relaxe after dark classical concert on Sunday evening.
If you can’t make it this weekend, don’t despair as there are several other events to mark the 150th anniversary including a comedy performance by Bill Bailey on 15th December.
Why visit the Cutty Sark in Autumn and Winter?
Ahead of the birthday celebrations I set off to see what an autumn visit is like. I was pleasantly surprised by the weather, and compared to summer I was able to see sunset from the deck which isn’t possible all year round.
However, the highlight was definitely being able to see the hull illuminated at night. By 4pm it was starting to get dark and there was plenty of time before closing at 5pm to take photos of the ship from every angle. This area is where the classical concert will be set aswell as the other Cutty Lates events throughout the year.
Cutty Sark information
Date and time: 22 – 24 November | 10am – 5pm
Price: £13.50 adults | £6.75 kids | Free for students living in Greenwich, and Greenwich and Dumbarton residents*
Closest station: Cutty Sark on the DLR
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Royal Museums Greenwich, but as always opinions are my own