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The Matthew of Bristol

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Fantastic replica of a Spanish galleon type ship

Fantastic replica of a Spanish galleon type ship, built in 1985 and still sails. It's free to look... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2017
MrGreen1080
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Manchester, United Kingdom
A Tour de Force

The Mathew is a part of Bristol's Heritage. I went along with my Father-in-Law to see it being... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2017
d0ugreid
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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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 1 September 2017

Fantastic replica of a Spanish galleon type ship, built in 1985 and still sails. It's free to look around and very helpful staff.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank MrGreen1080
Reviewed 26 August 2017

The Mathew is a part of Bristol's Heritage. I went along with my Father-in-Law to see it being built in 1996 & when there was talk of it being sold to either the Americans or the Canadians after the initial voyage I intervened & wrote...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

The visit to the Matthew was just a quick look-see whilst we were going round the adjoining (and far larger) "M Shed" museum. We had seen the ship many times from a distance but never close-up before and it was a revelation to experience just...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

It's nice to know history and learn, What a ship, Amazing to look at and its free for all to enjoy. It's a must by the docks in Bristol.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Was a lovely little visit to the ship that really showed us what life was like onboard a ship. There may be a few added mod cons now but the size and cramped conditions give you a real idea of what the explorers experienced when...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank you so much for your review, it's really great to hear that you and your children had a good time, and had a brief taste of Tudor life at sea! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 16 August 2017

Aaaaah - what a beautiful ship! We always look forward to a visit on our trips to Bristol. It is such a welcoming sight when you walk along the fabulous waterfront. Entry is free, with a donation, if you wish. There are various sailings along...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Wow, what a great review! thank you so much! The Fish & Chips trip is a personal favourite as well, YUM! Thanks for your support, we'll look forward to welcoming you aboard again soon! Hazel

Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Brilliant. We were actually visiting the M Shed and noticed that it was free to board the Matthew. We have walked past if many times and it was lovely to go aboard and see it. Friendly staff. Such a large part of Bristol history that...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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TheMatthewB, Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Hi, Many thanks for such a lovely review! We are glad to hear you finally took a leap came on board the Matthew. And sounds like you had a great time too. We hope to see you back for a visit some time soon. Perhaps...More

Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

I've been on the Matthew when not sailing, but this was my first trip. The crew (and other passengers) were wonderful and friendly. The scones and cakes were made by volunteers and were delicious! Perfect way to spend an afternoon!More

Date of experience: August 2017
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TheMatthewB, Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Hi, Many thanks for such a lovely review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your first trip. And we'll pass your message on to Ann, who made the cakes and scones for the trip. She'll be delighted to hear it! Warm regards Dovile Office...More

Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Visit not charged but donations requested. Worth a visit, knowledgeable and friendly volunteers showed me this ship that was a beautiful replica of Cabot s ship

Date of experience: July 2017
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TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Thanks so much for your review! Really pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit - hope to welcome you aboard again soon! Hazel

Reviewed 30 July 2017

Was greeted by a lovely volunteer and guide. Amazing ship which you can clamber over and go below deck all for free. Amazing. We enjoyed so much we went back again and joined the pay for trip around the harbour. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: July 2017
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TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Thanks for your review! Great to hear you enjoyed it so much you came back for a trip around the harbour! Hazel

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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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2 September 2017|
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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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