Cutty Sark

Museum in Greenwich & South London

The last of the great clipper ships to sail between China and England in the 19th century, the Cutty Sark endured massive fire damage in 2007 during a £25 million restoration. The exhibition in the hold of the fully restored ship tells its story as a tea clipper at the end of the 19th century. Launched in 1869 in Scotland, she made eight voyages to China in the 1870s, sailing out with a mixed cargo and coming back with tea.

Another fire took hold in 2014, but fire crews were quick to respond and extinguish the blaze. As you make your way up, there are films, interactive maps and plenty of illustrations and props to get an idea of what life on board was like. Book online for cheaper rates.