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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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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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Had not been back for many years, children had never been. The museum part was well done with good activities and things to see and do. Had an excellent tour from Colin, who... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My mum and I took my 6 year old to Pirates' Day at the Polly Woodside which is held on the first Sunday of every month. It was absolutely fantastic. We were made to feel so welcome right from the entry when the man told us when would be the best time to join in all the fun. We had... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had not been back for many years, children had never been. The museum part was well done with good activities and things to see and do. Had an excellent tour from Colin, who engaged all of us for the hour. Great stories and fun things to do. We all had a great time and do recommend it for all visitors... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pirate ways all the way! Scrub the decks and learn how pirates lived. Displays and interactive learning. Great for kids! Staff are dressed as pirates and play the character which fits the theme. A small museum for exploration along with a real ship to explore. Great family fun or for kids. Priced well. Located close to DFO outlet and many... More 

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Thank Amy B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The children thoroughly enjoyed their experience on the Polly Woodside. Ross (Daniels??) was incredible funny and entertaining.

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Thank Dentith27
Krabi Town, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We received tickets to the Caribbean Pirate show at Polly Woodside as a Christmas gift. I have three boys 4,5 and 6 and they all loved it!! The show was perfect for all the family with great one liners for the parents too. It was funny and interactive! The actors were great!! When you arrive purchase tickets ($5pp) for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went there with our own kids and some friends during the school holidays. We came just after the show finished and the kids had great fun doing lots of pirate stuff aboard the ship. The ship is beautifully renovated and it was very interesting to have a look at the captain's and the crew's cabin. Would go there again...

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Castlemaine, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Visited with my daughter for the kids pirate adventure, including play and treasure hunt on the deck. Very good and aimed at young children. Great sword fights which is a first for a play as most actors can't fight! It was a bit cheeky that there was a second charge to go into the Polly Woodside: even at the discount... More 

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Melbourne Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Its difficult not to like ships like the Polly Woodside and the history of their construction and trading life. The Polly Woodside is located on the south bank of the Yarra river just outside the Convention Center (which is linked to the older Exhibition Center). Access is easy via public transport and for visitors to the CBD with time on... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We attended the Polly Woodside for a function where about 70 people attended. The weather on that particular evening was horribly hot and muggy and of course the main area for the function was outside on a deck and on-board the boat itself (no cooling on or inside the boat) so this made for a sweaty and uncomfortable setting. Not... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

I have lived in Melbourne but never visited the Polly Woodside I was impressed with the vessel and the work done on restoration. It is certainly and important piece of history and a window into seafaring from the very late 1800's (she was built in 1888) until the early 1920's. The like museum is quite good but the bleakness of... More 

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