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The Matthew

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The Matthew


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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Recent Reviews:

  • Deborah S
    Los Angeles, California
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    A no-brainer if you're at the water in Bristol
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 27th August 2018
    I'm an American who knew nothing about The Matthew or John Cabot when I happened upon it walking with a British friend. He commented that it's hard to imagine crossing the Atlantic in a ship that... Read full review
  • Joanne R
    Trip Type:
    Interesting glimpse into history
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 24th August 2018
    Had a quick visit to The Matthew today with my 9 year old daughter and friend . We were encouraged to explore the ship and appreciated the shelter it afforded us during a brief rain shower. The staff... Read full review
  • Miek194
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 15th August 2018
    I saw this ship being brought back to bristol.amazing sight. Watched the progress of it being rebuilt.a beautiful ship.well worth the visit Read full review
Moored at:
M Shed, Princes Wharf
Registered address:
26 Meredith Court
Canada Way, Bristol

Tel: +44 (0)117 927 6868

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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

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