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The Matthew of Bristol

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Address: Princes Wharf | Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, England
Phone Number: +44 117 927 6868
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10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Matthew is a replica of the Tudor ship sailed by John Cabot from...

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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Firstly it is free to go onboard but amazing that they actually went to America in this , quite incredible, I would not feel safe leaving the harbour in it !. The staff on board... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Dominic W
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly it is free to go onboard but amazing that they actually went to America in this , quite incredible, I would not feel safe leaving the harbour in it !. The staff on board were very helpful and friendly, a must do when you visit the shed.

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Thank Dominic W
TheMatthewB, Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this review

Hi Dominic, Many thanks for your review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. As for leaving the harbour in The Matthew, we can assure you it's perfectly safe to do so! We sailed all the way to Bordeaux and back a few years ago, and just this summer passed we sailed to Padstow and Swansea. And of... More 

Salisbury, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very small trans-Atlantic vessel by modern standards and the only real wonder is why intrepid sailors risked their lives in it! Being small there is not too much to see but for those with a lively imagination or a keen interest in all things nautical it is fascinating. For the rest, there is free entry so you've... More 

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Thank Andrew B
Rowen_Mackenzie, Front Office Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this review

Thank you AndrewB, Yes she is small and it really puts into perspective life for a medieval sailor - especially when you imagine that they didn't really know what they were going to find when they set sail across the Atlantic. We are glad that you were able to come and visit us - though do come again in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great visit to the Matthew of Bristol and enjoyed the craftmanship that went in to building and maintaining this little gem. The staff was very friendly and took all the time they needed to explain all about the ship, both the original and this beautiful replica.

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Thank efvebe
Rowen_Mackenzie, Front Office Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this review

Hi efvebe, Thank you very much for your comments and kind words about our lovely little ship. We will of course pass this back to our crew as well, all of whom are volunteers who we wouldn't be able to operate the ship without. Hopefully we will see you on board again soon. In the summer we run trips in... More 

Perth, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were wandering along the quay and came across this beautiful ship manned by enthusiastic, knowledgeable volunteers. We had a great tour and learned all about it. It just seemed amazing to us that a ship this size could sail across the Atlantic to Newfoundland - the original did it and this reconstruction did too in 1997. Visiting is free... More 

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Thank Jean W
TheMatthewB, Front Office Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this review

Hi Jean, Thank you very much for your lovely comments and we are glad that you had a great time. Our volunteers certainly are great and we would not be able to operate without them. At the moment we are winding down for winter but in the summer months we also run a variety of trips and events should you... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went on here for the first time last month and thought it was lovely if not small.. How did they sail across the oceans in this, quite amazing. There are some great staff on board who will talk to you for hours if you let them. Its all very interesting

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we visited in July 2016 the Matthew was moored in the M shed harbourside are, this is a great place to start your exploration of the harbour side the Matthew is one of the first maritime attractions you will see as you walk from the town centre along the quayside. This Matthew is a replica of the 15th century... More 

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Thank fkentledger
Rowen_Mackenzie, Front Office Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this review

Hi fkentledger, Thank you very much for your lovely and detailed review. We will be sure to pass on your lovely comments to the crew - their dedication and enthusiasm is inspiring and the ship would not be able to operate without them. We are glad that you enjoyed your time on board. Do keep an eye on our website... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Always a very friendly welcome by the skipper and crew who are well versed with the knowledge about this ship and its place in history. Try a harbour trip or a fish & chip cruise too.

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Thank Greyfield1881
Rowen_Mackenzie, Front Office Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this review

Thank you Greyfield1881, We are thrilled that you enjoyed yourself and will look forward to seeing you again in thw future. Keep an eye on our website and our social media pages for our latest news and updates - including marking our 20th anniversary celebrations next year in 2017. Many Thanks The Matthew Crew x More 

UK
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

A lovely trip down the old docks. You see sights you don't see from the road. Well worth the money which is used to maintain and run the vessel.

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Thank stevecartwright
Rowen_Mackenzie, Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this review

Dear Steve, Many thanks for your review! We are delighted to hear you had a great time on the Matthew. We hope to see you back on board some time soon! Kind regards Dovile Office and Marketing Manager More 

London
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Very different and well worth seeing. Volunteers who are happy to share what they know and a fascinating view into what vessels were like 500 years ago.

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Thank choppingLondon
Rowen_Mackenzie, Front Office Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and we are glad that you enjoyed your time on board and had a chance to chat with our crew - they are a knowledgeable bunch. In case you didn't know we also run a number of public trips in the summer season - so do join us for one next time you visit.... More 

Stoke-on-Trent
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent "fish and chips"evening on the Matthew. Crew are made up of volunteers and are really informative and friendly. Left the dock and travelled for approximately 30 minutes, it was a lovely Autumn evening so a little cold, fish and chips were bought onboard and we had plenty of time to eat the food and talk to the crew and... More 

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Thank MartinMcGraw
Rowen_Mackenzie, Front Office Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this review

Hi Martin, Thanks for your review and for letting us know - we will pass that on to the crew. Hopefully we will see you again in the future :) The Matthew Team x More 

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