Cutty Sark and the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018

In 2018 for the first time, Cutty Sark will be open to members of the public to enjoy one of the best views of the race from the main deck of the ship. 

This year you can come onboard this iconic London landmark to watch your friends, family and the elite runners race past whilst enjoying delicious food and drink. Since the start of the London Marathon in 1981, she has been one of the first major landmarks encountered by runners on the route.

The special marathon event will run from 8.30am -12.30pm on Sunday 22 April

  • Tickets are priced at £35 per person with a 10% discount for members of Royal Museums Greenwich.
  • Entry to the event also includes entry to Cutty Sark

Find out more about your visit to Cutty Sark

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Please note

  • Stern of the ship’s deck will be closed (including the Captain’s cabin) as BBC Radio will be broadcasting the race live from the ship.
  • Unfortunately due to health and safety reasons, there is no wheelchair access for this event.
  • Space is limited to ensure everyone attending has a great view of the race - advanced booking is highly recommended. 

For full information on what time you can expect runners to go past, please see:

London Marathon Race information

Industrial action may be taking on the DLR on Marathon day. Cutty Sark is next to the Greenwich pier for boat services from Central London and a 10 minute walk from Greenwich train station (9 minutes from London Bridge). For the latest travel updates, please check Transport for London 

Support and Fundraising

As in previous years, five runners will join the Marathon to raise money for Cutty Sark. The money will go towards the ongoing conservation of the ship, ensuring this important national icon is preserved for future generations. In 2017, planned projects included the ongoing restoration of the life boats and the anchor on the starboard side of the ship.

Support and training

We have teamed up with Greenwich Training to offer those runners who have secured a place to run for Cutty Sark in the London Marathon a weekly training programme from January to April 2018.

Visit the Greenwich Training website


If you would like to donate now, please visit our JustGiving page

Meet our amazing runners:

Florian - "when Royal Museum Greenwich approached me to wave their flag during the race, I thought I could both go beyond my limits and fight for one of the greatest pieces of British history, the Cutty Sark."

Vicky - "I have a special place in my heart for the Cutty Sark as it's where my grandad did his naval training before entering the Merchant Navy. I am thrilled to be able to raise money for it so future generations can enjoy it and learn about its role in our country's history."

Andrew - "Raising money for the Cutty Sark, in particular, is vital to secure the future of this only surviving ship of her kind as she approaches her 150th anniversary in 2019. I am delighted to be a part of this milestone and hope that you will join me by showing support for me and for this world famous Greenwich icon."

Robert - "I am glad to be supporting the maritime culture and history in Greenwich.   The triathlons have been great over the last few years, but I’m looking forward to this new challenge."

Johan - "I am proud to take part of the Royal Museums Greenwich running team and to raise money to ensure a sustainable future for the Cutty Sark."

Visit the Virgin Money London Marathon site for training advice and further information

Visit Cutty Sark

Experience what life was like on board a true survivor of the seas.

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