We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

2A Clarendon Street | South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
03 9699 9760
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #63 of 203 attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Step aboard and join the crew on the Polly Woodside and experience life on board a real tall ship in the 1800s. Discover a new world of maritime... more » Owner description: Step aboard and join the crew on the Polly Woodside and experience life on board a real tall ship in the 1800s. Discover a new world of maritime adventure through an interactive gallery, immersive theatre and special events. « less
Write a Review

69 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    31
    23
    14
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The first contact at Reception was welcoming and child friendly. No pressure was put upon us as we deliberated over the finance of entry. The grandchildren set about finding the hidden "keys" which stamped their "passport". The simulated movement of the ship in the museum section was uncomfortably life-like. The film, although too dark for clear visibility held the interest... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Australia
Top Contributor
173 reviews 173 reviews
130 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Not having visited 'Polly' for a few years I was both impressed by the beautification of this area of the city and the better access to the ship. Fortunately being a National Trust member I did not have to pay the quite high entrance fee which is obviously necessary to maintain this attraction. The history of the ship is most... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
marin
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
10 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

A tad expensive and and the video is cheesy, but interesting to see the history and the admission goes to preserving the ship.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Visited the Polly Woodside in February 2014 and it was interesting to learn the history of this vessel, going on board and looking around up top and down below the decks was also good. The day we visited was rather hot so there were not too many visitors apart from a small birthday party. This would be an ideal place... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Singapore, Singapore
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We did visit several ship museum but Polly Woodside is unlike others. Our children, 6-7 years old, learned a lot from the visit. They did experience being ship boys, learn how lives on board the ship would be. The trick on making kids counting rats on the ship was simple but very useful. Rocking the ship taught them how the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Adelaide
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We went to Polly Woodside on a Sunday. The last guided tour starts at 2.30 pm and we managed to get there just in time for this tour. The only criticism of the attraction is that staff told us to wait at a particular location for the tour to start - which we did and tour started on the ship... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Greater Canberra, Australia
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

The history of this ship is amazing. You can see how sailors and officers lived on the ship at the turn of the century. The activities for the children are well organised and gives them some insight on what was needed to sail on a tall ship. Well worth the walk down to Souuthbank.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
218 reviews 218 reviews
22 attraction reviews
216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

The day was hot and we were on the way to an event at the MCEC. Our three grandsons were put to work washing the deck, and were rewarded with a (?) gold coin. The tour was engaging, and if it can keep young boys engaged, it must be great. Steeped in history, with great stories told by the 'captain",... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Brisbane
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We bought a Polly woodside and old Melbourne gaol tour pack, not really knowing what the PW experience would be. I was pleasantly surprised! The boys 10 and 13 loved it. There is a museum showing the history of the vessel and trading ships. Then there is the actual tall ship where you can do a self guided or guided... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Melbourne
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Quiet day (raining and Grand Final day) so me and my five year old son were the only visitors. Justin did an outstanding job as a tour guide and had us both in fits of laughter. Ship is also very interesting in itself, but the tour really made it memorable.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story also viewed

 
Melbourne, Victoria
Melbourne, Victoria
 

Been to Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing