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Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

Melbourne Maritime Museum 2A Clarendon St | South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
+61 3 9656 9804
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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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Melbourne Maritime Museum 2A Clarendon St | South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
+61 3 9656 9804
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Last month our 6 year old had a pirate themed party on the Polly Woodside. All of the children were so excited as most had not been on the ship before. The 'pirate' who had them entertained had them enthralled - with his accent, stories...More

Thank Vic820
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Polly Woodside was a great experience. We went on the school holidays so there was lots of activities for the kids to do. We also enjoyed wandering around the ship and enjoying what it had to offer.

Thank _izzy_tschannel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Polly Woodside is an iron-hulled barque ("bark"), one of the few tall ships surviving from the Age of Sail. She's not a fancy ship, and never was. Polly Woodside was a workhorse, built in Belfast in 1885 She was rescued and restored to her former...More

Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did not realise it open on sat and sun I was so excited to visit this place in south wharf area upon reaching the entrance it show closed.Not able to enter however managed to took some pictures from outside.

Thank kokomitay
Reviewed 15 September 2017

My children loved visiting the Polly Woodside and now ,I am taking my grand children and they enjoy the experience of the this beautifully restored vessel, look out for special feature days like pirate days etc.

Thank Colin616
Reviewed 12 August 2017

We had a very inspiring guide who was able to bring life on a ship to a virtual reality. Well presented and informative.

Thank RosemaryMcD
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

If you have little ones (probably between 3-8 is best), it really is worth going on Pirate Sunday (first Sunday of the month). The pirates are incredible with the kids; playing games, finding treasure, scrubbing the decks. Great fun to watch too.

Thank TravCorri
Reviewed 22 July 2017

If you love Maritime History a visit to the Polly Woodside will not disappoint. Built in 1885 in Belfast it was used in a variety of uses until finally dry docked in 2006 in Melbourne. A great look of how life was in the oast.

Thank Andrew L
Reviewed 20 July 2017

We looked for somewhere interesting to take my 10 year old grandson while on a visit to Melbourne. We were lucky that there were only 2 other families on our guided tour of the Polly Woodside tall ship. Our enthusiastic guide was fantastic. Dressed in...More

1  Thank Skyfox49
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We visited yesterday and had a fantastic tour with First Mate Mel! Well worth a visit with the kids.

Thank Reviewer1012015
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2 July 2017|
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Response from uteboy1972 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with what the other person has said about where you can park if you're driving or going by train. it's not far from southern cross station..but no matter how you choose to get there just make sure you allow plenty of... More
18 January 2016|
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Response from Karen Y | Reviewed this property |
Probably suited to slightly older kids. Dangerous spots for young toddlers. Activities also tailored to kids around school-aged,