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The Matthew

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The Matthew

About

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.

Map & Directions

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    122
  • Very Good
    65
  • Average
    19
  • Poor
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Recent Reviews:

  • Pete C
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Pleasant trip round the harbour in interesting boat
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 12th May 2018
    Pleasant trip round the harbour in interesting replica of the boat that 'discovered' Canada. Note that you use an engine to go round and it doesn't have any sails. Read full review
  • 2010mustang
    Cheshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Great for kids
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 11th May 2018
    The ship is a copy of an original vessel from the 14th century and resembles a pirate ship. Ideal for children, there are regular trips on the Avon and to the Avon gorge, all different prices. It is... Read full review
  • Ian T
    Nantwich, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Would you have dared ??
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 2nd May 2018
    Moored on the waterfront not too far from S S Great Britain you will find the Matthew, a replica of the ship in which John Cabot (real name Giovanni Caboto) sailed the Atlantic to find the "new... Read full review
Moored at:
M Shed, Princes Wharf
Registered address:
26 Meredith Court
Canada Way, Bristol
BS1 6XX

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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