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The Matthew of Bristol

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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New Founde Landes

Incredible to stand on, and go below the deck of, albeit a replica, this 95' long boat that John... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2018
Peter B
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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Despite the weather a lovely trip

We booked a trip up the Avon for last Saturday, the weather was very wet on arrival at the Matthew... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
KLPL1
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*Currently moored at Underfall Yard. Our normal address is: Prince’s Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol, BS1 4RN - next to M Shed* The Matthew is a replica of the Tudor ship sailed by John Cabot from Bristol 'discover' North America in 1497. The ship runs...more
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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

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Peter B
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

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

Date of experience: April 2018
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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

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

Date of experience: March 2018
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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

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank michaellorrainel
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.

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

Date of experience: October 2017
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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.

Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank ijmark
TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Hi ijmark, Thanks for your review, I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit! I'll have a look in to updating our seasonal opening hours, as you're quite right, we are only open on the weekends over the winter.

Reviewed 20 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 willing to answer questions. It is...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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TheMatthewB, Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2017

Hi there! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time on the Matthew and many thanks for your kind words. Please come visit us during our sailing season in 2018 and join one our sailing trips too! Warm regards Dovile Office and Marketing Manager

Reviewed 28 October 2017

Interesting boat. Nice to find a worthy commemoration of Cabot's exploits. Beautifully explained and presented by keen, well-informed volunteers

Date of experience: October 2017
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TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Hi Shirley B, Thanks so much for your review, I'm really pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit! Warm regards, Hazel

Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

The Matthew ship travelled across the waters to discover new lands. Discover it today with this amazing life size and working replica. Operated by a passionate bunch of enthusiasts who have lovely built and kept this beautiful shop running. Check it out!

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank daniel p
Reviewed 6 October 2017

These small sailing ships haven't got much to them. A quick look, a little bit of history from the docents onboard. I think if you it is going out for a cruise that is when you want to be on it. Still I shall no...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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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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Response from HarleyMatt | Reviewed this property |
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 TheMatthewShip | 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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