Tall Ships Festival Villages

Tall Ships Group Visits
Greenwich Festival Village
Cutty Sark Gardens
Cutty Sark Gardens

The Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Greenwich festival village is in Cutty Sark Gardens, the heart of Maritime Greenwich.

Cutty Sark and the Old Royal Naval College will be right beside you as you see ships moored along the bank and in the deeper water of Greenwich Reach. There will be food stalls serving street foods and artisan treats plus two bars at each of the Festival sites.

Woolwich Festival Village
Royal Arsenal Riverside
Royal Arsenal

The Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Greenwich festival village is at the Royal Arsenal Riverside.

The Royal Arsenal has been magnificently transformed over the last few years and the grand old buildings have been renovated and changed into exhibition areas, shops, pubs, restaurants and homes. As with Greenwich, there will be food stalls serving street foods and artisan treats plus two bars at the Festival Village sites.

Get on board
See Tall Ships at anchor
Tall Ship Morgenster

You can get on board Tall Ships moored at Greenwich and Woolwich and have a look around and a chat with the crew. These visits are while the ships are at anchor so you won’t go sailing off anywhere! Find out about life on board, the history of the ships and how they work.

At Woolwich Arsenal you can board the ships for free, you just need to get a ticket at the pier. At Greenwich the ships will be anchored offshore so you’ll need to get a ferry to be taken alongside. All the prices and other details are below. You can buy cruise tickets here.

Woolwich:

  • Visit 4-6 Tall Ships moored at Royal Arsenal Woolwich Pier. There will be different ships each day. Visits should last about an hour.
  • Operating hours:
    • 13 April: first entry: 9.30am, last entry 4.30pm, end 5pm
    • 14 April: first entry: 9.30am, last entry 4.30pm, end 5pm
    • 15 April: first entry: 9.30am, last entry 4.30pm, end 5pm
    • 16 April: first entry: 9.30am, last entry 12:00noon, end 12.30pm
  • Queue for entry at the top of the pier
  • Free – guests will receive a ticket at the top of the pier.

Greenwich:

  • Visit one of the three largest participating Tall Ships.
  • A ferry shuttle leaves approximately every 20 minutes from Greenwich Pier to one of the largest Tall Ships
  • On the Tall Ship there is a walking route and 2 guides that will explain about the ship, the event and Greenwich maritime history
  • After approximately 45 minutes on the ship the ferry takes the guests back to Greenwich Pier
  • Operating hours:
    • 13 April: first departure ferry to the ships: 9.30am, last departure 4.45pm
    • 14 April: first departure ferry to the ships: 9.30am, last departure 4.45pm
    • 15 April: first departure ferry to the ships: 9.30am, last departure 4.45pm
    • 16 April: first departure ferry to the ships: 9.30am, last departure 12noon
  • The ticket office is opposite the entrance to Greenwich Pier
  • Prices: Adult: £10, Under 15s £8.00 Family – two adults, two children: £30.00

 

How to get about
Travel between Greenwich and Woolwich
DLR

The easiest way to travel between Greenwich and Woolwich is by boat or by bus and you can travel by DLR to get to the festival villages in the first place. The nearest DLR stations for Greenwich are Cutty Sark and Greenwich and the nearest DLR station for Woolwich is Woolwich Arsenal. Trains run every five minutes or so.

MBNA Thames Clippers are running dedicated Tall Ships shuttle services between Greenwich and Woolwich, every half an hour from 9.00am – 6.00pm, on Thursday 13th, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th April 2017.  These services will have an optional stop at North Greenwich Pier. There will be a break in these services between 1.oo and 2.00pm on Thursday 13th April and between 2.30 and 3.30pm on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th. Find out more.

Buses 177 and 180 run directly between Greenwich and Woolwich and run every five minutes or so.

There is a very limited National Rail service to Woolwich Arsenal, please check before you travel. There aren’t any National Rail services to Greenwich because of ongoing Thameslink engineering work.

We definitely recommend you leave your car at home. There’s very limited parking and some roads will be closed, especially in Greenwich town centre.

Access
Access at the Festival Villages
Cutty Sark Gardens

Disabled access to the tall ships

Tall ships are historic vessels, not specially adapted for modern needs so we will be providing assisted access for wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties. Access to visit the Tall Ships will be on Woolwich Pier from 9.30am to 11am every day during the festival.

Boarding a tall ship will require some ability to walk with assistance.  We can also offer up close viewing alongside the ships. We’ll contact you to discuss your needs and work out the best way for you to view the ships.

If you’d like to board a ship, email us at tall-ships@royalgreenwich.gov.uk by Tuesday 11 April.

Viewing the ships from land

There are a number of unreserved seats at both festival villages, each with a viewing area reserved for wheelchair users. These are found at:

Greenwich riverfront- the lawn by the monument, to the right of the pier entrance

Woolwich- a raised platform at the far end of the English Heritage Riverside Walk.

Disabled travel to the Tall Ships Festivals sites

The DLR has step free access all along its route and serves both Greenwich and Woolwich.

Parking

There are established disabled parking bays in Greenwich town centre and there will also be some limited spaces reserved for Blue Badge holders at Park Row car park. The car park is at the junction of Park Row and Romney Road.