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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|Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* 10 am – 4 pm
March – November: Tuesday to Sunday
December – March: Saturday and Sunday
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good87
- Anton_SmithNottingham, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesFascinating and freeSaturday, 14th December 2019Stopped 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 APembrokeshire, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesAvon gorge tripSunday, 5th January 2020We 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
- Anon186402Birmingham, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesBoringSaturday, 8th February 2020We 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