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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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TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    118
  • Very Good
    62
  • Average
    19
  • Poor
    2
  • Terrible
    2

Recent Reviews:

  • Bobtdiver
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Fascinating cruise up the Avon!
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 14th January 2018
    We've wanted to take a ride on the Matthew for ages, but to make it special we chose the cruise out through the locks and up the Avon towards the Estuary. Lots to see, lots to learn, lovely trip... Read full review
  • ijmark
    Swindon, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Matthew visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 22nd December 2017
    Not quite as exciting as the SS Great Britain but still interesting. Although I think the opening times for winter may be wrong on Tripadvisor as it says only open on Saturday and Sunday in winter Read full review
  • BargeeGirl
    West Sussex, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Excellent replica of a piece of history.
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 20th November 2017
    You are welcomed abroad this replica to see what life was like on board this beautiful ship. You can wander down to the cabin space to see all the bunks or climb up to the upper deck. Volunteers are... 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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