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The Matthew

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The Matthew

About

Based in Bristol’s floating harbour for much of the year, the Matthew is popular for harbour tours as well as longer sailing trips. 

The Matthew is owned by The Matthew of Bristol Trust, and when in Bristol she is moored outside Bristol's M Shed museum. In June 2012 she took part in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee pageant on the River Thames, and returned to Bristol shortly afterwards. 

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The Matthew has been in Bristol for the majority of the summer, and was, as ever, a star attraction at Bristol's Harbour Festival in July. Ever popular, the Matthew provides an unrivalled platform to view the city from the water. Cruise gently past the ss Great Britain, the old dock cranes and enjoy all the water activity that makes Bristol one of Europe’s most interesting maritime cities. For tickets and dates, contact the Matthew on 0117 927 6868.

About the Matthew

The Matthew is a fabulous and faithful reconstruction of the boat used by John Cabot when he discovered Newfoundland in 1497. The stunning replica was built here in Bristol to mark the 500th anniversary of Cabot's voyage, and upon her completion she set sail to reconstruct Cabot's original journey.

On this historic journey, the Matthew followed the same course to Newfoundland as John Cabot had in 1497, carrying the same number of crew members and taking exactly the same amount of time to complete the crossing. On 24 June 1997 the replica of the Matthew was welcomed into port at Bonavista by Queen Elizabeth II. 

Today, when not in Bristol Harbour, the sails are unfurled and the ship continues to explore the exciting wild seas around the British isles and Northern Europe - creating a spectacle wherever she ventures.

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    96
  • Very Good
    53
  • Average
    16
  • Poor
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Recent Reviews:

  • jennysionidog
    Brecon, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Enjoyed our cruise
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 14th June 2017
    I booked an hour cruise around the harbour as a birthday treat for my husband. I rang at least two months beforehand to make sure everything would go to plan as it was a special birthday. I spoke... Read full review
  • MrCinGlos
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Birthday cruise along Avon gorge
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 10th June 2017
    Stunning boat and cruise. But what made the trip was quite frankly the volunteers who manned the ship. So friendly and welcoming. If you get the chance have you experience Read full review
  • John B
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    A Little bit of history
    3 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 21st May 2017
    From J Boy of Derby Did not take long to wander around and climb up the steps to the top. Interesting little ship, and standing on the deck one can imagine the long voyage Cabot and his crew made to... Read full review
Moored at:
M Shed, Princes Wharf
Registered address:
26 Meredith Court
Canada Way, Bristol
BS1 6XX

Tel: +44 (0)117 927 6868

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* Please see website for details of opening hours and cruises.

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