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“Great Trip and excellant Fish & Chips” 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, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great Trip and excellant Fish & Chips”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

A lovely way to celebrate a birthday, a trip on The Matthew, with a fish & Chip supper. The staff were chatty and gave us imformation about the boat.

Visited June 2013
Thank susan c
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“The Matthew Cabots boat.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

A view of the discomfort people put up with to explore the world. Only backpackers would put up with this nowadays we are really spoilt but are not aware of the comfort we travel in even if we complain. A short trip on the Matthew would put things into perspective.

Visited July 2013
Thank Fillipos
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23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“This was not built for pleasure trips round the harbour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

I had a great trip up the Avon George and back on a summers evening and thoroughly enjoyed the slower pace of life, seeing the wildlife along the shore and connecting with history. It is so easy for tourists to see the Mathew as some kind of gimmick when in fact it was lovingly built faithfully recreating the original ship and then sailed under canvas to Newfoundland and Canada to celebrate the historic voyage of John Cabot and his crew of brave explorers. Naturally she sailed back home to Bristol where she could very easily have been laid up like the SS Great Britain but oh no here she is still working for her keep supported by a band of loyal volunteers. A short trip brings home just how brave those venturers must have been to go out into the north Atlantic storms looking for a new world in such a tiny ship.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank shoestring-UK
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Mendip Hills Somerset
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“Sailing on the Matthew”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

Well under motor really not sail and the rain poured but it was a wonderful experience and would definitely go again if I had the opportunity

Visited April 2013
Thank Tigi_Higgins
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41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“hmmmm, sadly, experience slightly blighted by one member of staff”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

the 28th sept was my 50th birthday so I really wanted something unusual to do during the day. my best friend suggested the matthew and, after checking the website and taking to the very helpful suzie in the office, I duly made the booking.

my husband, best friends and I duly arrived and were greeted by some very friendly chaps and after we were all settled in we set sail. admittedly it was around about then that it started to rain but this did not dampen our spirits and lovely big umbrellas were quickly provided,
a nice touch ....thanks.

we enjoyed a smooth trip and enjoyed watching the wildlife etc as we cruised along. the female member of staff announced that tea and coffee would be served shortly. being a 'special' birthday my friend and I decided we would rather have a glass of wine. sadly, when we mentioned this to the woman serving us she became very rude and gruff saying (in no uncertain terms) that she hadn't decided when the bar would be open !
now, I had checked that there was a bar on board as otherwise I intended to take a bottle of bubbly for us to share, so was certainly not expecting this response.
about an hour later my friends husband asked the same question, only to get a similar response from her, which really is not on when asking a perfectly civil question. my friend then asked a pleasant chap about ordering some white wine. however,about 3/4 hour towards the end of the cruise the same pleasant man came back to us saying they'd run out of white wine the previous day and hadn't restocked !
now I know this may make me sound like a dipsomaniac but the fact is that this is a commercial venture. neither our friends or us expected anyone to be rude and feel that running out of white wine when it's the weekend (and presumably their busiest time of the week) is down to poor management.
this poor management coupled by the womans rude attitude was a shame as aside from that I would have been able to give a glowing review to the very helpful and friendly male members of staff / volunteers on board, so 'thank you' to you for your jolly attitudes and big umbrellas.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank robnhen
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