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Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

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Address: 2A Clarendon Street | South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
Phone Number: 03 9699 9760
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Description: Step aboard and join the crew on the Polly Woodside and experience life on...
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.
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The museum has a short film for you to watch about a passenger who travelled on the tall ship Polly Woodside before you explore the museum and ship itself. It didn't take me very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
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Kent, UK
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63 reviews 63 reviews
37 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The museum has a short film for you to watch about a passenger who travelled on the tall ship Polly Woodside before you explore the museum and ship itself. It didn't take me very long to walk round either of them, but the displays were good.

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

In some ways, this is something of a curio. Located in the heart of Melbourne, this is not a luxury ship with expensive fittings, rather a small cargo ship that clocked up a lot of sea kilometers before ending up with the National Trust. Still, it has a lot to offer and a welcome distraction from the high tech high... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

On our recent visit to Melbourne, we visited the Polly Woodside Tall Ship. I really didn't have too high expectations, and was tagging along for the kids. I was very pleasantly surprised at how good it was though. The guide, Justin, was particularly funny with our kids who I'm sure were driving him mad. He engaged with the kids on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

A fun, engaging experience. Went there during a National Trust of Australia (Victoria) event and would definitely recommend to all ages!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I bought a combo ticket for the Polly Woodside and the Old Gaol. To be honest, I thought that the jail would be my favourite and that the ship would be something that I would pop into but not care much for. It ended up being the other way around. Basically there are 2 parts to this attraction, a little... More 

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Lilydale, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The museum was lovely and new - the ship itself was available for viewing and doing a self guided tour inside and out which was great to see. The ticket was good value for money when you added the Melbourne Goal ticket as well. The two attractions combined makes for a great day out.

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Geelong, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Look no offence but better off finding something else to do :-) But other people seemed to enjoy. A Melbourne institution.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Went to a party here. It was beautiful and slightly creepy at night. I was surprised at how much you could actually see into on the boat. Make sure you explore properly! The museum is small but informative.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Built in 1885 in Belfast, we are lucky someone with foresight managed to save Polly Woodside for future generations. She sailed the world for a number of years before operating between Australia and New Zealand. In her later inglorious years she was used as a coal lighter and refueling barge for the Navy. Now fully restored, she's on view at... More 

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County Durham
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Really lovely for 30 minutes look round and free with our UK national trust membership! Well worth if you are in the area but not worth $16. There was a pirates day for kids which looked fun if you had a family.

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