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.
Hop on board
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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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good83
- Ollyolly101Bristol, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesA little surprised and disappointedSunday, 1st September 2019We took a 50 minute trip around Bristol harbour on the Matthew. It was great to see Bristol from a different prospective and gliding around the harbour was most peaceful. However, I was expecting... Read full review
- APRSWellington, New ZealandIts free.... donation if you like.Thursday, 5th September 2019Walked past it but didn't go aboard. I can't image travelling the Atlantic on such a small ship. Must have been brave people back then some 500 years ago! Have seen other ships so of similar size so... Read full review
- Martin HBristol, United KingdomInteresting but not excitingSunday, 29th September 2019Whilst it is interesting to be aboard a replica of an old ship like this, it is not particulaly enthralling. We took the 4 hour trip down the Avon to under the M5 motorway. To be perfectly honest... Read full review
Tel: +44 (0)117 927 6868
|Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
* 10 am – 4 pm
March – November: Tuesday to Sunday
December – March: Saturday and Sunday