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 Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good84
- lindseykennettLeicestershire, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesGreat ExperienceMonday, 19th August 2019A very enjoyable afternoon on the Matthew . The crew were delightful , helpful and informative and the ship was a very realistic and enchanting replica . A highly recommended trip . Read full review
- LindsaydaepTrip Type:CouplesA Brilliant Informative ExperienceWednesday, 21st August 2019Thank you to all the Volunteers who made sure our trip around Bristol Harbourside was filled with information and great humour. We especially want to thank you for your time and patience talking to... Read full review
- kayegrimstedBristol, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesMatthew fish 🐟 & chip 🍟 tourWednesday, 21st August 2019Fantastic trip with my parents, and family very knowledgable crew. Food was lovely, really good atmosphere, and was nice to see Bristol from a different view, will book the 4 hour Matthew trip soon Read full review
Tel: +44 (0)117 927 6868
|Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
* 10 am – 4 pm
March – November: Tuesday to Sunday
December – March: Saturday and Sunday