Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story
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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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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,331 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
When the Polly Woodside was launched in 1885, she was the last of a dying breed. This hardy steel-hulled sailing ship was made for hauling cargo, with a hard-working crew to man her. The men who crewed these tall ships worked hard for their money. The Polly Woodside is moored on South Wharf, you can get a good view from outside.
Written July 20, 2021
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B T
London, UK1,175 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
It was ok, it is $16 for an adult ticket, which is a lot considering what you get. There is not much of a museum, just one room with not much in it, a boring video and not enough seats. The ship itself is good, but you walk on the deck and there are a few cabins inside at the back, but most of the ship is empty for the cargo. It is ok, but is certainly not worth the entrance fee.
Written November 6, 2022
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jeffryb
Keysborough, Australia367 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The Polly Woodside was built in Belfast. She was not a thoroughbred, she was a workhorse. She is the last of the tall ships. She is usually open for boarding on holidays. If she is not open, you can get a good view from South Wharf. She's still a good looking ship, despite her age.
Written October 8, 2020
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Liz H
Lichfield, UK914 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
If you are a British National Trust member, show your card, as there is a reciprocal agreement and you will get free entry.
A nice small museum with a good short film about the boat, worth a watch.
You can then go aboard the boat and see all areas, most of which have been restored.
Easy to walk to along the river from Flinders St station and the South Bank.
Written April 4, 2020
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AndyJohn74
Sans Souci, Australia4,716 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Solo
Melbourne’s own tall ship, this is a piece of maritime history. This ship is in its own dock and is accessible to the public when open. Interactive displays and staff in character uniforms. Hopefully things will return to normality soon.
Written February 19, 2021
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12Tina15
Manchester, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
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 museum and then the actual ship itself. When I visited it was very quiet so I had time to read and look at everything. The museum is done in a way that is easy to read and to follow - no long boring texts and there's a short video detailing one man's account of living on the ship etc.

The ship itself has been restored to a high standard and is fun to have a look around. I thought it was a great way to spend an hour or two.
Written February 13, 2015
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Robbier221
Canberra, Australia4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 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.
Written January 24, 2014
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PrepCPS
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
We had a lot of fun on our excursion to Polly Woodside. The First Mate made us scrub the deck and threw a bucket of water at us! We loved getting wet! We found it interesting that the cabin boy had to wash the 'poo rope'. We learnt that sailors had to work even if they didn't want to. We think that isn't very fair. You should go to visit Polly Woodside because it is fun. We are in prep.
Written August 10, 2016
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Grace G
Perth, Australia17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
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 the trip, made it fun for them, and scared them too (in a good way).
We bought the 2-attraction combo (visit Melbourne City Gaol, and the Tall Ship) and I'm glad we did now. It was great fun.
Written April 10, 2015
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Ledan
Maitland39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Great experience for my 4 year old, he just loved it. The tour guide was friendly & engaging, great with the kids & throwing some jokes in for the adults.

The tunnel walking into the onshore exhibit I thought looked about cheesey until my stomach turn while standing in it.

All in all worth while for families with kids to entertain for a couple of hours.
Written November 29, 2014
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