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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The Matthew has re-opened, subject to Government restrictions. Please check directly on their website and/or social media channels for the latest updates.

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.

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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 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

* 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 2021
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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    Recent Reviews:

    • JAF_Wales
      Cardiff, United Kingdom
      Interesting ship
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 16th May 2021
      This ship was built in the late 1990s to an original design and has successfully crossed the Atlantic - which we thought was an impressive achievement! It is currently moored in the harbour at... Read full review
    • RRsport
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Great trip.
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 22nd May 2021
      Well today we managed to use a Christmas present from 2019 and take the 4-hour trip on the Matthew. Well what a great trip it is and worth every penny to see the sights of Bristol from a different... Read full review
    • futtock21
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      The modern Matthew
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 28th May 2021
      It’s a recreation or perhaps even re-imagining of John Cabot’s caravel which he sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497. It was built between 1994-1998 in time for the 500th anniversary complete... Read full review

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