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The Matthew

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The Matthew Bristol

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.

 

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TripAdvisor

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    146
  • Very Good
    74
  • Average
    22
  • Poor
    3
  • Terrible
    4

Recent Reviews:

  • yummy88877
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Sail up the rivers like pirates
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 6th June 2019
    Did you know you can hire The Matthew? Company hired it for evening, we dressed as pirates and sailed up as far as Athens pump pubwhere we had fish a chips brought on board. I thought we were sailing... Read full review
  • MummyJeff
    Butcombe, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Fish & chip cruise round Bristol harbour
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 13th June 2019
    Our party of 40 had sole use of the Matthew for a 2 hour fish & chip cruise. We were well looked after by the skipper and his crew. We were told about the building of the original Matthew for Cabot... Read full review
  • LeanneCirencester
    Cirencester
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Okay
    3 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 15th June 2019
    The river trip was ok - friendly staff and good to have a small bar on board. But , would have been better with a commentary and sites of interest pointed out: maybe over a speaker system. The only... Read full review
Princes Wharf
Wapping Road
BRISTOL
Avon
BS1 4RN

Tel: +44 (0)117 927 6868

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* 10 am – 4 pm
March – November: Tuesday to Sunday
December – March: Saturday and Sunday

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