For the first time since it arrived in Greenwich back in 1954, visitors to the Cutty Sark will be able to climb up the ship’s mask rigging and see the sights from up high.

The ascent will start with a briefing in the glazed space underneath the ship’s hull, and then visitors will be taken up to the main deck and onto the ship’s ratlines to climb up its shrouds, just as hundreds of sailors did during Cutty Sark’s long career at sea.

For safety reasons, while you climb up the ropes, you’ll have a safety harness to prevent you from falling.

Visitors will traverse one of the ship’s lower yardarms before reaching the tops platform to take in the views, before a controlled descent from the rigging, down to street level beside the ship.

(c) Royal Museums Greenwich

Arguably, if you want views, then the much higher vantage point next to the Royal Observatory will give you a better view of London, but without the sense of achievement from climbing up a sailing ship’s ropes.

Pricing details haven’t been announced yet, but tickets will go on sale on Monday 21st February.

You can pre-register for information through their website.


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  1. Charles says:

    You mean “ascent”,not “assent”

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