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The Matthew of Bristol

Princes Wharf | Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, England
+44 117 927 6868
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Replica Sailing Ship

The Matthew is typically anchored on the Prince’s Wharf, but also does several cruise trips from 1... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
mikesierra
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Bourne, United Kingdom
Wonderful Trip

I bought this trip as a birthday present for my hubby at the beginning of the year with a bit of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
DolphinBristol
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Bristol
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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 3 days ago

The Matthew is typically anchored on the Prince’s Wharf, but also does several cruise trips from 1 to 4 hours in duration. When it is in in port, entry to see the ship is free, but has a donation box. The ship is a replica...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I bought this trip as a birthday present for my hubby at the beginning of the year with a bit of trepidation because there is not a lot of cover on the boat so it is pot luck with the weather. But as it turned...More

Thank DolphinBristol
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been on The Matthew for the fish and chip supper before so thought it had been a couple of years so returned with friends on the 4 July 18. The actual trip and crew were just as we remembered it and we were...More

Thank Julie T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can visit and sometimes partake in harbour cruises on The Matthew - a replica of the caravel sailed by John Cabot in 1497 from Bristol to North America, thereby beating Columbus to the North American mainland at Newfoundland!

Thank Paul H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fabulous evening aboard The Matthew with a group of friends for a two hour trip around the harbour, which included a fish and chip supper. There is also a bar on board. It was great to be able to walk around The Matthew and enjoy...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked the trip back in January as a surprise for my husband, so we were very lucky to have such lovely weather on Sunday for the trip. We loved the trip down the Gorge and our thanks to the crew who did a wonderful...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took our German friends here and they really enjoyed it. The trip is both informative and scenic. The history is amazing. Run by volunteers.

Thank Steve L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just viewed from the dock alas. An exact copy of the original which went on it’s amazing voyage of discovery and trade. Only tiny in comparison to Great Britain. But ab exquisite. Telling or showing the history of the maritime history of fair Bristol. Alas...More

Thank shakirayork
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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

Splendid visit and a really fascinating chat with a volunteer guide from which we learned how to navigate in olden times! It’s perfectly safe for children and also OAPs to walk around the open deck, explore the rope locker and I even climbed a short...More

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Reviewed 12 May 2018

Pleasant trip round the harbour in interesting replica of the boat that 'discovered' Canada. Note that you use an engine to go round and it doesn't have any sails.

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MichelleMoore84
15 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
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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
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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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