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The Matthew of Bristol

Princes Wharf | Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, England
+44 117 927 6868
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Very welcoming worth a visit

We visited the Matthew whilst at wapping wharf in Bristol on Sunday, there was an open day in the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lotty_00
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Well impressed

The Matthew is a free attraction in the Bristol docks by the M Shed and is well worth the visit we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
HarleyMatt
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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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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Princes Wharf | Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Matthew whilst at wapping wharf in Bristol on Sunday, there was an open day in the Matthew so we thought we'd have a little look as not been on this ship before. It was very interesting and the volunteers were very informative...More

Thank Lotty_00
TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for leaving this lovely review! We're open to visitors most days in the summer (when we're not away sailing.) I'm really pleased you enjoyed your visit, and our volunteers were able to tell you more about the ship! Thanks again, Hazel

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Matthew is a free attraction in the Bristol docks by the M Shed and is well worth the visit we were well impressed. The captain was on board on Sunday and I found him a very interesting man who had the time to talk...More

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TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed your time on The Matthew, and finding out all about our flags. Thanks again, Hazel

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a wonderful trip on the Matthew, chugging gently down the harbour to Hotwells with a shanty group singing as we went. Stopped for fish and chips at the far end, which was really good too, and then returned back up to the M Shed....More

Thank LMHGloucestershire
TheMatthewB, Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi! Thanks for such a gleaming review! We are delighted to hear that you had a lovely time on the Matthew. Fish and Chips trip with Sea Shanties really is a great night out in Bristol. We hope to see you back on the ship...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beautiful replica of John Cabot's 15th century caravelle in which he sailed to Newfoundland in 1497 is a must see. Even by wooden sailing ship standards, the Matthew is very small. Go and walk the decks and see the cabins where 18 people lived...More

Thank Alun_Silver
TheMatthewB, Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Alun, Many thanks for such a brilliant review! I am glad to hear you enjoyed your visit on the Matthew. Maybe one day we'll see you back for a sail around the harbour or down the Avon River. Warm regards Dovile Office and Marketing...More

Reviewed 15 June 2017

I booked an hour cruise around the harbour as a birthday treat for my husband. I rang at least two months beforehand to make sure everything would go to plan as it was a special birthday. I spoke to Hazel in the office who couldn't...More

Thank jennysionidog
TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Jenny, I'm so pleased to hear you and your husband enjoyed your trip! We don't usually have paper tickets for The Matthew, so I'm really glad I could put something together for you as it was a special birthday gift. Great advice on booking...More

Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Stunning boat and cruise. But what made the trip was quite frankly the volunteers who manned the ship. So friendly and welcoming. If you get the chance have you experience

Thank MrCinGlos
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

From J Boy of Derby Did not take long to wander around and climb up the steps to the top. Interesting little ship, and standing on the deck one can imagine the long voyage Cabot and his crew made to the USA. To mark the...More

Thank John B
TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review! Sorry you couldn't get below deck, we were preparing for a trip away to Gloucester tall ships festival! Generally you can go below deck, so do pop in again if you can. Thanks, Hazel

Reviewed 19 May 2017

Have seem the Matthew tied up several but this was the first time it was open for visitors. It's not going to take you very long to look round but you do get a good sense of what it must have been like to sail...More

Thank Nickdhart
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Great little cruise around the Historic Bristol Docks. Gives you a real fill of the olden times. It's a lovely ship and must see if travelling to Bristol. Arrrrr Lad.

Thank GlennerBristol
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Saw this on a channel 4 programme and thought let's give this a go. Lovely ship, great volunteer crew. 4 hour trip with lovely views. Drinks available to buy. Slightly cold on the return journey so dress in layers (we went first few days of...More

Thank Janew662
TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

Thank you so much for your kind comments, and great advice on the layers - it can get chilly on the water! Really pleased to hear you enjoyed your trip, hope to see you again soon.

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Carla H
12 February 2017|
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Response from TheMatthewB | 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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Susie R
6 August 2016|
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Response from TheMatthewB | Property representative |
Hi Susie R, I hope that you managed to find all the info you needed on our website. The rest of our trips for the season are up on line and we are open Tues-Sunday 10 to 4 for visitors when the ship is not on a trip. Many... More
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PetalBristol
19 September 2015|
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Response from Rowen_Mackenzie | Property representative |
Hi PetalBristol! Rowen from the Matthew of Bristol office here! On the Avon Gorge Trip that you are attending the 'light refreshments' will be teas, coffee and biscuits or pastries. So as it is a trip over lunchtime, do... More
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