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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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Took our 2 grandchildren to see Polly Woodside, Mr 6 year old loved it entered into all the fun, scrubbing the deck, treasure hunt, tug of war as it was Pirate Day, first Sunday... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We had a great day out at Polly Woodside last week. The children loved it, said it was the best day ever. Lots of exploring was done, also very educational, and intriguing information. Try to time your arrival when a tour is due, we arrived a but early and the kids got bored waiting to go on the ship. So... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Went here and truely what a waste of money, quite boring unless you are a maritime nut. The walk around the grounds is ok but nothing spectacular.

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Mangarakau
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We took our grandson to this and he had the best 2 hours of informative fun. The guide should be given an Oscar ! He was so great with the kids. We all had a good morning - keep up the good work.

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MELBOURNE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Took our 2 grandchildren to see Polly Woodside, Mr 6 year old loved it entered into all the fun, scrubbing the deck, treasure hunt, tug of war as it was Pirate Day, first Sunday of the month. Mr 8 year old grizzled and complained about fake pirates, fake water cannons, he saw the jug of water being thrown by the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

The Polly Woodside has been beautifully restored and is conveniently located on the river at the top end of central Melbourne. Although quite famous in Melbourne, it was never a particularly important ship and is not particularly large. Entry to the ship is through a small museum, which appears to be aimed at children. The ship is quite interesting although... More 

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Lismore, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Strolling down the Southbank Promenade I came across this quite by accident. The Polly Woodside (named after the boat builders wife whose name wasn't Polly but who he said spoke constantly like a parrot) was build in the UK and plied it's trade about the Atlantic - often around South America - for much of its early life before ending... More 

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Kent, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 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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