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The Matthew

Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BRISTOL, Avon, BS1 4RN

Tel: +44 (0)117 927 6868

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The Matthew Bristol

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*** Please note: Visit Bristol are in the process of updating our pages with the most up to date information, as and when businesses reopen. Please see individual websites and social media for the most up to date information before you plan a visit. ***

Based in Bristol’s Floating Harbour for much of the year, The Matthew is popular for both harbour tours and longer sailing trips. 

The Matthew is owned by The Matthew of Bristol Trust and, when in Bristol, she is moored outside the M Shed museum. In June 2012, she took part in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee pageant on the River Thames, returning to Bristol shortly afterwards. She has also appeared at various maritime festivals, both at home and abroad – Brest and Vannes in France, and Falmouth, Plymouth, Gloucester and Portsmouth, a bit closer to home here in Bristol.

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Ever popular, The Matthew provides an unrivalled platform to view the city from the water. 

When moored at the M Shed, The Matthew is free of charge to visit – you can come on board, look around, climb the steps to the upper decks, and have a chat with our knowledgeable guides.

If you want the full sailing experience, you can choose from a Harbour Trip, a Fish and Chips Trip or a Cream Tea Trip, cruising gently around the Floating Harbour, past the SS Great Britain and the old dock cranes, enjoying all the water activity that makes Bristol one of Europe’s most interesting maritime cities. Or go a little further afield on our Avon Gorge Trip, sailing down the River Avon, under the Clifton Suspension Bridge and along the Avon Gorge towards Pill. 

The Matthew is also available for private hire. 

Contact The Matthew on 0117 927 6868, email us at info@matthew.co.uk, or visit the website for further information about dates, to buy tickets for your trip, or for private hire information.

The Matthew – Past and Present

The modern Matthew is a fabulous and faithful reconstruction of the boat used by the explorer 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 in 1997, 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 Matthew was welcomed into port at Bonavista, Canada by Queen Elizabeth II. 

Today, when not moored 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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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* 10 am – 4 pm
March – November: Tuesday to Sunday
December – March: Saturday and Sunday

The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit

Awards

  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

TripAdvisor

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    207
  • Very Good
    87
  • Average
    29
  • Poor
    5
  • Terrible
    5

Recent Reviews:

  • Anton_Smith
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Fascinating and free
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 14th December 2019
    Stopped by on our way to the SS Great Britain. Really impressed, not least due to the warm welcome and fascinating informative explanation of the ship and its history by our guide (effectively 1 of... Read full review
  • Linda A
    Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Avon gorge trip
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 5th January 2020
    We received a voucher as a present and put it to good use by spending the afternoon aboard The Matthew and motoring down river along the Avon. We felt very important when the road bridges were closed... Read full review
  • Anon186402
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Boring
    2 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 8th February 2020
    We are torn in our review. My girlfriend although disappointed with the ship wants to rate higher as it’s free and a lovely vessel. It is small and disappointing though Read full review

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