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The Matthew of Bristol

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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A nice surprise as you walk around Harbourside

We decided to walk right around Harbourside and coming across The Matthew along the way was a nice... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nikki G
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Great free experince to tour this iconic ship

It's nice to find something you can see without breaking the bank. No charge but we'll worth a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“sailing ship”(7 reviews)
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...more
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Princes Wharf | Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, England
+44 117 927 6868
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to walk right around Harbourside and coming across The Matthew along the way was a nice surprise. We enjoyed learning a bit about the history of this ship and John Cabot while on the replica and the volunteers were all helpful and friendly....More

Thank Nikki G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's nice to find something you can see without breaking the bank. No charge but we'll worth a small donation but there is no pressure to do this. Great attraction for children and adults. The ship is moored on the harbour and is quiet an...More

Thank greenmodelmonkey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This modern copy of John Cabot's boat was made in Bristol in the last century, with tradesmen using the tools that available when the original was built. It sailed across the Atlantic to Newfoundland as did the original, and these days is based in the...More

1  Thank RogerM9000
Reviewed 9 October 2018

We visited the Matthew after visiting the M Shed and were pleasantly surprised by the lovely little replica. The volunteers do an amazing job of the upkeep of the boat and are available for any questions you might have. It really is a wondrous little...More

Thank ClaireAdamMoss
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Amazing how those pioneers sailed across the Atlantic in such a small vessel. This is an accurate reproduction of the original boat.

Thank Skinut79
Reviewed 28 August 2018

I'm an American who knew nothing about The Matthew or John Cabot when I happened upon it walking with a British friend. He commented that it's hard to imagine crossing the Atlantic in a ship that small and that was it! I had to go...More

1  Thank Deborah S
Reviewed 24 August 2018

Had a quick visit to The Matthew today with my 9 year old daughter and friend . We were encouraged to explore the ship and appreciated the shelter it afforded us during a brief rain shower. The staff we spoke to were are pleasant and...More

Thank Joanne R
Reviewed 15 August 2018

I saw this ship being brought back to bristol.amazing sight. Watched the progress of it being rebuilt.a beautiful ship.well worth the visit

1  Thank Miek194
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

We had a family gathering on the matthew today, it rained the whole time and there was not much shelter. We had agreed to a cream tea and the staff prepared scones and cakes and put them on a table in the rain, when we...More

4  Thank Hermantheobsessive
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Joined The Matthew for a cream tea trip and was sorely disappointed by the unfriendly service and terrible value. Many guests on board were made to feel unwelcome and commented on the rude staff. Quite frankly we’re embarrassed to be locals if this is what...More

2  Thank M L
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16 January 2018|
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Response from Nyonya | Reviewed this property |
If you're just looking around, 10-15 minutes would be plenty. A trip is a different matter. I doubt there are toilets on board as there were no such amenities in the time of the original Matthew! You could use the ones at... More
Russ B
2 September 2017|
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Response from HarleyMatt | Reviewed this property |
no sailings today and its going to rain all day ....miserable
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