Discover what life was like on board Cutty Sark, the world’s only surviving tea clipper, and fastest ship of her time - now an award-winning visitor attraction in Greenwich.
Built in Scotland in 1869, Cutty Sark was designed to carry tea from China to England as fast as possible. The record-breaking ship travelled the globe and visited every major world port.
Now on terra firma here at Greenwich, Cutty Sark has been raised three metres above ground, allowing you to walk directly underneath and touch the original hull planks and iron framework. Come on board legendary Cutty Sark and take the helm at the ship’s wheel, explore the sailors' quarters and come face to face with famous figurehead, Nannie.
Ascend 60 feet and uncover the secrets of London’s largest painted ceiling.
Painted between 1707 and 1726, the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College hides many surprises. During a major conservation project, visitors will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the drama of this vast masterpiece up close.
Take a 60 minute ceiling tour via a special observation deck and discover the painting’s mysteries as they are revealed for the first time in half a century.
The Painted Hall, dubbed ‘ the Sistine Chapel of the UK’ for its beautiful interior featuring vast baroque murals by Sir James Thornhill, has amazed and delighted visitors to Greenwich for 300 years. During this long history the fragile painted surfaces have suffered - smoke and dirt has built up on the surfaces, and varnish layers have fractured under the effects of heat and humidity. A trial clean of the west wall in 2012 (Phase I of the Painted Hall Project) showed the transformational effects conservation work could achieve.
As the dirt was carefully removed, the colour and vibrancy of Thornhill’s work was restored. Spurred on by this success, the Old Royal Naval College then set its sights on conserving the remaining 40,000sq ft. of painted surface.