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“Tiny ocean going vessel”

The Matthew of Bristol
Ranked #27 of 215 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed November 26, 2013

I especially enjoyed the fact that you can get onto the Matthew, and walk the lengths of it's decks. If you are lucky, you may get into the hold.

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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.

Thank susan c
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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.

Thank Fillipos
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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.

1  Thank shoestring-UK
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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

Thank Tigi_Higgins
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