The Matthew of Bristol
The Matthew of Bristol
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Matthew that you see in Bristol today is a modern reconstruction of the original Matthew that John Cabot sailed to Newfoundland in 1497. It is a much-loved part of Bristol’s maritime heritage with a busy schedule of public boat trips, film and festival work, corporate and celebratory events. Unless it’s away taking part in events around the UK and Europe, The Matthew is berthed in Bristol’s historic Floating Harbour for much of the year. The ship offers the city’s residents and visitors regular boat trips around the harbour or down the Avon Gorge to Pill during its summer sailing season (from April to October). When it’s not out on a trip, the ship is also open to the general public. You can go aboard for a visit to explore the ship and have a chat with the dedicated crew of volunteers when the ship is moored at its Princes Wharf berth – entry is free, but any donations are very much appreciated!
Bristol, England

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2022

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futtock21
London, UK11,437 contributions
Apr 2021 • Solo
It’s a recreation or perhaps even re-imagining of John Cabot’s caravel which he sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497. It was built between 1994-1998 in time for the 500th anniversary complete with a mast donated by the Duke of Edinburgh. It recreated Cabot’s voyage by setting sail on 2 May 1997 and arriving in Bonavista on 24 June where she was welcomed by the Queen. She has since feature in numerous voyages and starred in many films but now seems to have settled down as a tourist attraction in Bristol’s docklands.
Written May 28, 2021
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Sarah L
Bristol, UK2 contributions
Sep 2022
Fantastic! Our private fish & chip trip on The Matthew was a really lovely experience. Our trip was 5-7pm and it was a beautiful evening. Most of the party were from abroad and they really enjoyed seeing Bristol from the water, being on a historic ship and eating delicious British fish and chips, and drinking from the bar! All the volunteers on the ship were lovely and friendly. Jane gave a really interesting talk about the boat. The area around the ship is really interesting too, so you can spend time in the M-Shed or in the bars and restaurants at Whapping Wharf either before or after the trip. I'm already thinking of an excuse to organise another trip!
Written September 26, 2022
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We're so pleased you enjoyed your trip. We got very lucky with the weather for a September trip! The crew had a lovely evening with your group and would love to welcome you aboard again. Best wishes, The Matthew team
Written September 27, 2022
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aw522015
Bristol, UK38 contributions
Aug 2021
An hour around the harbour on such an histical replica ship. We grandparents and teenage grandchildren loved it. The youngsters clambered on to the top decks while there was adequate seating on the lower deck for us. People on land seemed to love watching the boat sail and lots of waving from them and other sailors. The hardworking volunteers were helpful and rightfully sticklers for health and safety instruction. So felt in safe hands. We also had an entertaining and informative talk from one of the crew. Would advise taking warm wet weather items as not a sheltered trip. We were lucky with the weather.
Good luck to the Matthew project and thanks to the volunteers.
Written August 18, 2021
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TrayKier
United Kingdom22 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Excellent trip down the Avon Gorge. Very friendly and knowledgeable group of volunteers who were both enthusiastic & courteous. Particularly thank you to Jane -for sharing her experiences and her rope souvenirs & the Captain who steered us on our time travelling adventure and helped us avoid the pirates of the car park!
Written September 14, 2020
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Hello, thank you for leaving a review of your Avon Gorge trip. We're really glad you enjoyed your cruise, and that you managed to avoid the pirates!
Written October 2, 2020
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Geoff
127 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Well today we managed to use a Christmas present from 2019 and take the 4-hour trip on the Matthew. Well what a great trip it is and worth every penny to see the sights of Bristol from a different angle.
Great crew who looked after us.
Would highly recommend
G
Written May 22, 2021
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Brenda D
Gloucester, UK7 contributions
Sep 2020
My Husband and I went on the fish and chip trip aboard The Mathew.... enjoyed it from start to finish.
The crew were all so friendly and knowledgable and you could ask any question and they would answer. It was a fun evening and we both thoroughly enjoyed the fish supper.
Would recommend this trip to anyone and would definitely go again.
Thank-you “The Matthew” 😀
Written October 2, 2020
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Hello, thank you for leaving a review. We're so glad you enjoyed your trip and chatting with our volunteer crew - they really are very knowledgable! We look forward to seeing you on board again.
Written October 5, 2020
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sasalice83
england73 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Beautiful boat with friendly volunteers who shared the history and lots of interesting stories. We only popped on while it was docked but will definitely book a trip when we are able to so we can learn more. The lady volunteer was particularly kind and gave us lots of information about the crows nest before we got on which the kids loved
Written September 20, 2020
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Hello, thank you for leaving a review. We're really glad you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you on board for one of our trips!
Written October 2, 2020
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louisajanesmith
1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Family
We took a four trip down the Avon to Pill which was fantastic. I cannot rate it highly enough. The volunteers on board were extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the Matthew and kept us entertained throughout the trip. The ship is wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone. One of our party was in a wheelchair But that was no problem and the volunteers were on hand to help us to get on and off the ship.
Written October 27, 2020
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Hello, thank you for leaving a review. We're so glad your party enjoyed the trip - we certainly had a lovely day for it. Our volunteers are so passionate about the ship and love to talk about all things 'Matthew', so we're pleased they could share their knowledge with you all!
Written October 28, 2020
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Tiredbunyip
2 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Truly fantastic way to spend a sunny Autumn Saturday morning. The crew were very friendly and knowledgeable. The ship was a true wonder to explore and, in these challenging times, COVID-19 safety very evident.
Many thanks for a lovely hour on the river. Wish we had booked the longer trip!
Written October 2, 2020
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Hello, thank you for leaving a review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your time on board and had a lovely trip. Health and safety for visitors and our volunteer crew are extremely important to us, so we're very glad you were happy with the procedures we have put in place. We look forward to welcoming you aboard for one of our longer trips in the future!
Written October 5, 2020
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denisep6872020
Bristol, UK2 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
A lovely couple of hours spent with family seeing the sights of the harbour. Fun to be able to walk around the ship, youngest grandchild liked to think of all the treasure in the chests. Lovely fish and chips.
Written October 3, 2020
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Hello, thank you for leaving a review. We're so glad you enjoyed your birthday treat and that your grandchild had fun too! The ship is great for activating the imaginations of our younger (and our more mature!) visitors.
Written October 5, 2020
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