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The Matthew of Bristol

Princes Wharf | Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, England
+44 117 927 6868
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Amazing replica of the explorer's ship

This beautiful replica of John Cabot's 15th century caravelle in which he sailed to Newfoundland in... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Alun_Silver
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Gloucestershire
Enjoyed our cruise

I booked an hour cruise around the harbour as a birthday treat for my husband. I rang at least two... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jennysionidog
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Brecon, 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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+44 117 927 6868
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This beautiful replica of John Cabot's 15th century caravelle in which he sailed to Newfoundland in 1497 is a must see. Even by wooden sailing ship standards, the Matthew is very small. Go and walk the decks and see the cabins where 18 people lived...More

Thank Alun_Silver
Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked an hour cruise around the harbour as a birthday treat for my husband. I rang at least two months beforehand to make sure everything would go to plan as it was a special birthday. I spoke to Hazel in the office who couldn't...More

Thank jennysionidog
TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Jenny, I'm so pleased to hear you and your husband enjoyed your trip! We don't usually have paper tickets for The Matthew, so I'm really glad I could put something together for you as it was a special birthday gift. Great advice on booking...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning boat and cruise. But what made the trip was quite frankly the volunteers who manned the ship. So friendly and welcoming. If you get the chance have you experience

Thank MrCinGlos
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

From J Boy of Derby Did not take long to wander around and climb up the steps to the top. Interesting little ship, and standing on the deck one can imagine the long voyage Cabot and his crew made to the USA. To mark the...More

Thank John B
TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review! Sorry you couldn't get below deck, we were preparing for a trip away to Gloucester tall ships festival! Generally you can go below deck, so do pop in again if you can. Thanks, Hazel

Reviewed 19 May 2017

Have seem the Matthew tied up several but this was the first time it was open for visitors. It's not going to take you very long to look round but you do get a good sense of what it must have been like to sail...More

Thank Nickdhart
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Great little cruise around the Historic Bristol Docks. Gives you a real fill of the olden times. It's a lovely ship and must see if travelling to Bristol. Arrrrr Lad.

Thank GlennerBristol
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Saw this on a channel 4 programme and thought let's give this a go. Lovely ship, great volunteer crew. 4 hour trip with lovely views. Drinks available to buy. Slightly cold on the return journey so dress in layers (we went first few days of...More

Thank Janew662
TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

Thank you so much for your kind comments, and great advice on the layers - it can get chilly on the water! Really pleased to hear you enjoyed your trip, hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 17 April 2017

On our first visit to Bristol, walking along the dockside, we chanced upon this small-ish ship. Free entry and the volunteers were helpful & very knowledgeable. Kids seemed to love it as its compact enough though big for them. Astonishing that the original ship travelled...More

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TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

So glad you enjoyed your visit David! The Modern Matthew recreated Cabot's voyage 20 years ago, so the ship you were in crossed the Atlantic as well! Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Went for a walk around Bristol docks and spotted The Matthew. Always great to see but the surprise was that is was free entry, with a donation. Well worth it. The kids loved it, saw parts of the boat you wouldn't normally see. Friendly crew...More

Thank Sarah M
TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Thanks for your kind comments and your donation! We're really pleased you enjoyed your visit - hope to welcome you aboard again soon!

Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Look into a replica of a real old ship snd imagine the condition to be on a ship like this crossing the atlantic for the new world in the 15 rh centry.

Thank Orjan1961
TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Thanks so much for your review. It really is incredible to imagine being at sea on The Matthew for nearly 3 whole months to North America and back!

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Carla H
Hi. My 7 year old son has been studying pirates in school. Are you open on weekends please and would you say it's worth a visit to extend his learning and interest? Thanks.
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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Susie R
Hi could you tell me what trips are available on Friday 12th and 13th of August and at what cost. Many thanks.
5 August 2016|
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Response from TheMatthewB | Property representative |
Hi Susie R, I hope that you managed to find all the info you needed on our website. The rest of our trips for the season are up on line and we are open Tues-Sunday 10 to 4 for visitors when the ship is not on a trip. Many... More
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PetalBristol
we are booked on the sailing next week. When you say 'refreshments', how substantial? Our sailing is 11.30 - 3.30 and we don't want to be hungry. Perhaps we should take a small picnic?
19 September 2015|
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Response from Rowen_Mackenzie | Property representative |
Hi PetalBristol! Rowen from the Matthew of Bristol office here! On the Avon Gorge Trip that you are attending the 'light refreshments' will be teas, coffee and biscuits or pastries. So as it is a trip over lunchtime, do... More
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