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The Matthew of Bristol

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Step back in time

Free to go on the Matthew when docked very quaint Ship people on board to tell about the ship... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Julie L
Small boat for a long journey

An enlightening bit of history everyone should visit. Appreciate the huge task of crossing the... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2018
Twickenham, 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...more
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Princes Wharf | Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, England
+44 117 927 6868
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Free to go on the Matthew when docked very quaint Ship people on board to tell about the ship Can be hired for private functions

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Julie L
Reviewed 21 November 2018

An enlightening bit of history everyone should visit. Appreciate the huge task of crossing the Atlantic in such a small vessel, and the kids get to run around and romanticise too

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Captain_Condor
Reviewed 4 November 2018

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

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Nikki G
Reviewed 27 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank greenmodelmonkey
Reviewed 16 October 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: October 2018
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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Skinut79
Reviewed 27 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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Miek194
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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
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