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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. 

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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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Recent Reviews:

  • Stmartinsdiver
    Colyford, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Probably the best little ship in the UK - and it's free!
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 28th March 2019
    This little vessel actually crossed the Atlantic in 1997 from Bristol to Newfoundland to replicate Cabot's voyage in the same size and style of ship in 1497. Now manned by volunteers the Matthew... Read full review
  • Mandy S
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Enjoyable evening
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 4th April 2019
    We had an evening cruise around Bristol docks and Cumberland basin with fish and chips half way the weather was good and it was very pleasant Read full review
  • RobininBRISTOL
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Stunning
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 9th April 2019
    This is a replica of the original. Imagine it sailing to the US? Well it actually did once - an amazing feat. Now it potters gently around the floating harbour and sometimes down the Avon. Run by... 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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