Later this month, Britain’s newest polar research ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough will be visiting London for a few days.

Based in Greenwich, the boat itself won’t be open to the public, but the famous Boaty McBoatface submersible will be on display in the National Maritime Museum as part of a 3-day festival to accompany the antarctic survey ship’s visit.

RRS Sir David Attenborough during sea trials off the coast of Portrush, Northern Ireland 2021 (c) British Antarctic Survey

The free exhibition at the Royal Maritime Museum will reveal what it’s really like to live and work in the Arctic and Antarctic today. Featuring a showcase of environmental science, engineering and technology, Ice Worlds will enthral families and aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, technicians, engineers and citizens.

During the 3-day event, there will be a chance to meet real polar scientists and explorers, and discover how robots can help unravel the mysteries of the ocean – including getting up close to the famous Boaty McBoatface submersible.

At the heart of the festival is the RRS Sir David Attenborough itself, sailing into Greenwich ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26. Although you can’t go on the boat itself, there will also be a large video screen set up in Greenwich which will show a live virtual tour of the ship – which will also be broadcast online if you can’t be there in person.

For most of us, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the ship up close before it begins its first mission to the Antarctic.

The British Antarctic Survey’s newest boat will be in Greenwich along with the exhibition from 28th-30th October.

The riverside video screen at Greenwich is open freely to all throughout the festival, with no tickets required. The exhibition and events in the National Maritime Museum need free tickets to be booked in advance, from here.


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  1. shirlaine williams williams says:

    why so short time

    • ianVisits says:

      Three days is a pretty average duration for a ship arriving in London on a goodwill visit.

  2. John Wood says:

    So we finally get to see ‘Boaty McBoatface’ in real life

  3. Kim says:

    Had the privilege of seeing this mammoth machine making it’s way along the Thames earlier today, when we were eating at the restaurants alongside the river at Greenwich. It was readying itself to dock there I believe.
    We will be tuning in to the online action.
    Sir David Attenborough absolute legend. What a wonderful name for this feat of technology.

  4. peter else says:

    Anyone know what time Sir Daivid Attenborough sails on saturday please?

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