Cutty Sark is being brought back to life, and this is your opportunity to sail on her! Designed as an interactive game by augmented reality technology company Gamar, this attraction lets children become the apprentice of Captain Woodget – Cutty Sark’s most famous captain. They can unfurl the sails, steer the ship, ring the bell and even catch monkeys!
The famous "Cutty Sark" — Photo courtesy of National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Cutty Sark reopened to the public in April 2012 in Greenwich in London, marking a new chapter for one of the world’s most famous ships. Visitors to Cutty Sark can walk aboard and beneath the beautiful three-masted clipper. You can walk along the decks in the footsteps of the merchant seamen who sailed her over a century ago; explore the hold where precious cargo was stored on epic voyages; and even walk underneath the 963-tonne ship in the dry berth below to view the elegant lines of her hull.
Designed to be a fun experience for children, it also provides an educational interaction, giving children an opportunity to step back in time and experience what life was like for those who sailed on Cutty Sark over 100 years ago. It's suitable for children ages seven-plus.
You will simply need to hold a smartphone or tablet near an object on the main deck and watch the display, as the two instantly interact and become a reality. The app cleverly brings the objects you see on board the Cutty Sark to life, and you get to explore what it might have been like to work on the ship.
Although designed for younger kids, this game will no doubt also give some adults a hugely enjoyable experience!
Cutty Sark is definitely a famous ship worth a visit. She's travelled across the world, sailing under both the Red Ensign and the Portuguese flag, visiting every major port around the world through the course of her working life. In admiration of her beauty and in recognition of her fame, she was preserved for the nation by Captain Wilfred Dowman in 1922.
Since then, the old clipper has been berthed in Falmouth and Greenhithe, finally arriving in Greenwich in 1954.
Since her official opening in 1957 by HM The Queen, Cutty Sark has been visited by over 15 million people from all over the world. She closed to the public in November 2006 and re-opened in April 2012.
Cutty Sark is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Admission to this attraction is £13.50 for adults (£11.50 concessions) and £7.00 for children ages five through 15. Family tickets are priced at £24 (one adult and two children) or £35 (two adults and up to two children).