*AD: This blog is in partnership with Royal Museums Greenwich, we have been asked to share our review following the reopening of Cutty Sark*
Royal Museums Greenwich:
The Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, Queen’s House and National Maritime Museum have reopened! You can now book safe and inspiring visits online. Unfortunately they were impacted financially during the time they were closed, donations are welcome which will help preserve history and the Collection’s future. You can donate here.
Before heading to Cutty Sark or any of the other sites you will need to book online. Adults are £15 and children are £7.50, children are free before 31st August 2020 which is great if you’re wondering what to do with the kids this summer! There is free entry to Key Workers, pick your entry time online and show your Blue Light Card on arrival.
There were lots of safety measures put in place:
When we arrived we joined the queue, there was only one family in front of us.
The instructions were very clear with reminders to follow the route and keep distance from other families.
Upon entering we were greeted by a lovely member of staff who explained the safety procedures. There was hand sanitiser upon entering, adults wear masks and there is a one way route. He gave us a token and took our buggy for us to the buggy park and returned it to us when we left. This was very convenient!
Cutty Sark is the world’s only surviving extreme clipper! We walked aboard Cutty Sark and saw the original sheathing. We could smell a strong aroma of tea as soon as we stepped aboard!
Although the dressing up hat and interactive activities weren’t present for the children to touch and engage with there were still interactive visuals.
We loved sitting in the Michael Edwards Studio Theatre to watch a short story about the history of Cutty Sark. Did you know it transported tea, wool, coal and even whisky?
As you can see we went as a group, my husband and I, our four children and my mum. She has joined our bubble as she lives alone. This was her first time experiencing Cutty Sark and she loved finding out about her history.
The other groups were all very considerate and adhered to social distancing, we had time to take photos, read the information and appreciate the sights.
On each level there is a stamp for the children to add to their activity trails, next to it was hand sanitiser. The kids are very aware and actually enjoy applying hand sanitiser.
The staff were all very helpful while onboard, they were keen to share information and answer any questions we had. We had a good conversation about “The Lady’s Own Toilet Pin Box” which is actually a box ladies carried around with them to pin material, it had nothing to do with toilets! The word toilet derives from the French toile meaning material. The pin box we saw dated from 1890!
The one way route was actually very convenient, it made us feel safe and kept the flow of groups moving along. We were also able to see everything and didn’t miss out on anything.
We loved seeing the original rooms and seeing what life would have been like for people aboard the ship.
Although it was a rainy day we still a managed to see the view of London. We wore face masks for the entire visit, which was around 2 hours long.
We went to the Lower Hold and took part in an interactive session with an actor. The kids cheered and joined in with the story having their questions answered along the way.
Although we’ve visited twice before we love finding out more facts and observing the figureheads in different ways.
This project was lovely to view, it’s an array of ships made by children sharing the things they want to take with them and the things they would leave behind.
The kid’s loved reading and following the Explorer Trail and getting their stamps along the way!
To finish the visit, we went to the shop and saw a huge variety of gifts and products to remember our trip. My mum wanted a lapel pin to put on her coat.
I hope you enjoyed reading about our visit to Cutty Sark! I’m so happy they have been able to reopen, it’s such a fun, informative day out for the whole family and there are lots of safety measures in place.
If you would like to read our previous blogs about Cutty Sark you can read them here:
Thank you for reading,