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The Matthew of Bristol

Princes Wharf | Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, England
+44 117 927 6868
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Just viewed from the dock alas. An exact copy of the original which went on it’s amazing voyage of... read more

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shakirayork
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Summer Sunday sunny outing for OAPs

Splendid visit and a really fascinating chat with a volunteer guide from which we learned how to... read more

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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The Matthew is a replica of the Tudor ship sailed by John Cabot from Bristol 'discover' North America in 1497. The ship runs regular public trips and is available for private hire. When the ship is not sailing she is open 10am - 4pm, Tuesday - Sunday. History: After receiving a charter from Henry VII Venetian merchant John Cabot led a crew from Bristol across the Atlantic Ocean - 'the sea of darkness' - to reach the continent of North America, presumably landing at Newfoundland, and claiming the discovery for the king. The Matthew you see today is a replica of the Tudor ship, based on a huge amount of research. The ship was built between 1994 & 1996 and in 1997 it re-enacted Cabot's original journey to Newfoundland to mark the 500th anniversary of Cabot's landmark voyage of discovery.
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Princes Wharf | Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Just viewed from the dock alas. An exact copy of the original which went on it’s amazing voyage of discovery and trade. Only tiny in comparison to Great Britain. But ab exquisite. Telling or showing the history of the maritime history of fair Bristol. Alas...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Splendid visit and a really fascinating chat with a volunteer guide from which we learned how to navigate in olden times! It’s perfectly safe for children and also OAPs to walk around the open deck, explore the rope locker and I even climbed a short...More

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Reviewed 12 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.

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Reviewed 11 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 free to walk around when docked so...More

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Reviewed 2 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 world". How brave they were!

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TheMatthewB, Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Dear Ian, Many thanks for a great review. We we'll see you back on the Matthew soon! Warm regards Dovile

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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Incredible to stand on, and go below the deck of, albeit a replica, this 95' long boat that John Cabot sailed to Canada and back in 1497.More

Thank Peter B
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TheMatthewB, Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Dear Peter B, Many thanks for such a great review. I am glad you hear you enjoyed your time on the Matthew. We hope you come back one day and join us on a trip around Bristol Harbour or even out on the Avon River...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

We booked a trip up the Avon for last Saturday, the weather was very wet on arrival at the Matthew, however it did brighten up and we only had a couple of showers the rest of the trip. Appropriate clothing a must. The crew and...More

Thank KLPL1
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TheMatthewB, Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Many thanks for such a lovely review! We'll pass it on to our volunteers too. We're very lucky to have such passionate and devoted volunteers, they make the Matthew a very special place. Warm regards Dovile

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Reviewed 10 March 2018

I visited the Matthew right at the start of their open season and before they were totally up and running and I still found the visit fascinating and enjoyable. I will certainly be going back to go out on one of their harbour tours. Britain...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

My company carried out a team building exercise along with volunteers from the Matthew, rope tying and throwing and general introduction into old time sailing followed by short cruise in the dock area. Great day out

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TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Hi michaellorrainel, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your day on board! Look forward to welcoming you aboard soon.

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Reviewed 14 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, friendly helpful crew. The cruise takes...More

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TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Hi Bobtdiver, Thanks so much for your review, I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed your rip, Top tip to be ready for the weather! Hope to welcome you aboard again soon.

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MichelleMoore84
16 January 2018|
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Response from Nyonya | Reviewed this property |
If you're just looking around, 10-15 minutes would be plenty. A trip is a different matter. I doubt there are toilets on board as there were no such amenities in the time of the original Matthew! You could use the ones at... More
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no sailings today and its going to rain all day ....miserable
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Carla H
12 February 2017|
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Response from TheMatthewB | Property representative |
Dear Carla, Many thanks for your question. Currently the Matthew is undergoing some maintenance work in the Underfall Yard, so you can come see it out of the water, but you won't be able to come on board. We will be open to... More
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