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“Harbourside Festival” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Matthew of Bristol

The Matthew of Bristol
Ranked #35 of 191 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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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Bristol
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Harbourside Festival”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

Promotion run by the Post ... reasonable priced offer - great trip and helpful crew.

Would do again if opportunity came up again.

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United Kingdom
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“Bristol Regatta”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

Its lovely when the Matthew arrives here, a beautiful small ship. Go on board you'll be surprised how they all lived and worked on it.

Visited July 2012
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Bristol
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“Poorly run and over priced”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

Too much money for a trip.......... website indicated a return trip but we were dumped at one emnd of th etrip to find a bus back........ "Lunch" was a roll and soup. Poor value. Out to make money from not very much.

Visited October 2012
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lincolnshire
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“Nice suprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

In bristol last weekend to see the Lion King. decided to go for a walk around the harbour, and we came across the Matthew moored outside the Arnofini, and suprised we were allowed on with no charge! What an impressive replica, did not realise how small it is and how awful it would of been back in the day on the high seas. Very interesting chap to answer any questions. We have some ace photos, and well worth some time looking around.

Visited November 2012
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Devon
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“Well built replica.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

Looked it over because it was parked right outside the Arnolfini cafe today next to Cabot's statue. Knew a bit of the history and interested to look at the scale and construction. A very worthy historical feature; pity Plymouth, Devon does not have a similar project for the Mayflower.

Visited November 2012
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