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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

About

Visit The Matthew at Bristol's harbourside, moored in her usual spot opposite M Shed at Princes Wharf. 

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

Here is some extra information about how the ship is operating under the Covid-19 guidelines.

Hop on board

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 go on board, look around, climb the steps to the upper decks, and have a chat with the 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 the ever-popular 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, send an email to 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

Owned by The Matthew of Bristol Trust, the modern Matthew is a fabulous and faithful reconstruction of the ship 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.

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.

Today, when not moored in Bristol's historic Floating 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)

* April–November: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–4pm
December–April: Saturday and Sunday, 10am–4pm
We are also open on bank holidays (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

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 2020
  • Excellent
    211
  • Very Good
    89
  • Average
    29
  • Poor
    6
  • Terrible
    5

Recent Reviews:

  • TeamWard
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Impressive ship
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 4th September 2020
    The Matthew of Bristol when we visited wasn't doing tours, which is a shame would have liked to try one, its a replica of a famous ship that there are no know drawings of, but it looks impressive. Read full review
  • TrayKier
    United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Superb Avon Gorge trip
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 14th September 2020
    Excellent trip down the Avon Gorge. Very friendly and knowledgeable group of volunteers who were both enthusiastic & courteous. Particularly thank you to Jane -for sharing her experiences and her... Read full review
  • sasalice83
    england
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Living history in Bristol
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th September 2020
    Beautiful boat with friendly volunteers who shared the history and lots of interesting stories. We only popped on while it was docked but will definitely book a trip when we are able to so we can... Read full review

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