If I’m not living in Kingston (or Richmond), I’d probably be living in Greenwich. There’s something so charming about this place, it has a small town feel to it at the same time there’s the big city chaos which is probably due to the fact that it’s a popular tourist destination in London as well. You can easily spend a whole day in Greenwich with so many things to discover around this place and I do highly recommend it to anyone visiting London.
I went to Greenwich the other day to visit Cutty Sark, one of Greenwich’s most popular tourist attractions. Its imposing structure is quite hard to miss and will immediately trigger your curiosity. Cutty Sark is a British clipper known to be one of the fastest ships in the world during its time. It was used during the tea trade in China and afterwards, wool trade from Australia.
Being onboard Cutty Sark will give you a glimpse of how life was like in the ship. The performance of a sailing ship greatly depends on the skills of the crew onboard as it requires constant adjustments on its sails based on the wind direction and strength. Its quite fascinating to imagine all the manual work involved to run a ship like the Cutty Sark back in those days. I can only imagine the chaos on it specially when they’re passing through rough seas.
The ship itself was preserved to be a museum ship and is a Grade I listed monument. There are so many interactive activities for the kids inside the ship and informative notes are listed down in different locations as well. I do believe though that when you’re visiting a historical place, it becomes more alive when a guide tells you interesting stories about it. I was in luck because I arrived just in time for the last complimentary tour of Cutty Sark.
It was a very interesting tour which I would highly recommend although I have to admit that some stories told were too comical to be true. Can you believe that someone was thrown out of the deck of the ship during a rough weather and at some point, a big wave brought the same person back in the deck? Well apparently, it happened. At least that’s what we’ve been told. True or not, the stories I’ve heard made my visit to Cutty Sark even more colorful. It’s definitely a must to check out the timings of the ship tours when you visit Cutty Sark, you’ll see the tour timings as soon as you enter the ship.
Plan Your Visit To Cutty Sark:
£13.50 Adult ticket price
£7.00 Child ticket price
Children under 5 enter for free.
Open 7 days a week from 10AM to 5PM. Last entry is 4:15PM.
Nearest station: Cutty Sark DLR.
You can also travel by the Thames River from London Eye Pier to Greenwich Pier which will take you about 35 minutes.
For more information, visit their website.
Bonus: There’s a really nice pub just in front of Cutty Sark called The Gipsy Moth, it looks very cozy and they also have a charming garden behind it. It’s just too bad that it was too cold to sit outside when I went for a visit but I’m definitely going back there with The Greek Mister as we’re both HUGE fans of outdoor seatings. I had a chicken katsu burger which was actually quite good and a glass of cider, I paid £18 for my meal.
Added bonus: After visiting Cutty Sark, I went to take the Emirates Airline Cable Car which departs from North Greenwich station. With Cutty Sark behind you, walk to your left and take the first street on your right. Take bus number 188 from bus stop C. North Greenwich Station is the 9th stop. From there you can take a cable car ride over the Thames River which is quite interesting if you think about it but I wasn’t entirely impressed by the views. If I was, I probably would’ve written a separate blog post about it. :p You can use your oyster card at the Emirates Airline Cable Car, the fare is £3.50 per adult for a single journey.