Interesting facts about the Cutty Sark

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The Cutty Sark is a ship that’s synonymous with the maritime history of Great Britain. It’s found on the King William Walk in Greenwich and countless tourists visit it every year.

The reason why it’s so famous is because, since being built in 1869, it’s travelled to destinations all across the world -unscathed through different wars of the last century.

It was used for the wool trade, and carried large containers of spirits and wines across the Atlantic to places such as Australia and China. On top of that, the sheer magnitude and size of the ship makes people admire it.

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The accommodations in London city make a visit to the Cutty Sark convenient. By taking the tube down to Greenwich station, you can see this fantastic, iconic ship also can stay at Montcalm hotel Brewery.

Since 1895, it’s been a museum ship, and interestingly enough – in 2007 underwent restoration only to get caught in a fire. It burned for hours before the London Fire Brigade came to its rescue.

However, the damage was so severe that it had to undergo extra restoration at a cost of £50 million over the next five years.

The Cutty Sark was originally preserved in 1922 before being moved to Greenwich in 1954. Since then, the Cutty Sark been visited by more than 15 million people.

Considering that that the British Government decided to undergo the restoration, it’s clear that the Cutty Sark is deemed a treasure of the nation worth preserving.

In fact, recent restoration work was done to ensure the ship’s longevity. What’s worth understanding is that by visiting the Cutty Sark, you will not only get a visceral insight into the history of the ship, and also better understand the history of the country.

Considering that it’s located in Greenwich, visitors will find an ample amount of things to do on the day besides seeing the Cutty Sark.

You can for instance admire the Old Royal Naval College, climb over the O2 Dome by booking an experience day, see the sun set over the city from one of the focal points of Greenwich Park, and visit the Crystal.

The latter is an exhibition which outlines the challenges sustainable cities face. If you’re visiting with family and friends, this is the perfect place to visit after the Cutty Sark because of its educational and fun nature.

In summary, the Cutty Sark is a ship worth visiting. It’s sheer size and prowess bewilders the eye when you consider than it was built over a century ago.

Visit Greenwich on a weekend and get a taste of the best of London. Adult tickets for the exploration of the ship, both outside and inside cost £17.50, while entry for children is £7.