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The Matthew of Bristol

Princes Wharf | Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, England
+44 117 927 6868
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Beautiful ship

It's nice to know history and learn, What a ship, Amazing to look at and its free for all to enjoy... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sarahmeetsworld
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Authentic Sailign Experience

Was a lovely little visit to the ship that really showed us what life was like onboard a ship... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Timbythepool
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Calne, 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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“hour trip” (9 reviews)
“john cabot” (10 reviews)
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Princes Wharf | Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, England
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+44 117 927 6868
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It's nice to know history and learn, What a ship, Amazing to look at and its free for all to enjoy. It's a must by the docks in Bristol.

Thank Sarahmeetsworld
Reviewed 4 days ago

Was a lovely little visit to the ship that really showed us what life was like onboard a ship. There may be a few added mod cons now but the size and cramped conditions give you a real idea of what the explorers experienced when...More

Thank Timbythepool
TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your review, it's really great to hear that you and your children had a good time, and had a brief taste of Tudor life at sea! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 5 days ago

Aaaaah - what a beautiful ship! We always look forward to a visit on our trips to Bristol. It is such a welcoming sight when you walk along the fabulous waterfront. Entry is free, with a donation, if you wish. There are various sailings along...More

Thank joolia
TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Wow, what a great review! thank you so much! The Fish & Chips trip is a personal favourite as well, YUM! Thanks for your support, we'll look forward to welcoming you aboard again soon! Hazel

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Brilliant. We were actually visiting the M Shed and noticed that it was free to board the Matthew. We have walked past if many times and it was lovely to go aboard and see it. Friendly staff. Such a large part of Bristol history that...More

Thank Unicorn72
TheMatthewB, Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi, Many thanks for such a lovely review! We are glad to hear you finally took a leap came on board the Matthew. And sounds like you had a great time too. We hope to see you back for a visit some time soon. Perhaps...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been on the Matthew when not sailing, but this was my first trip. The crew (and other passengers) were wonderful and friendly. The scones and cakes were made by volunteers and were delicious! Perfect way to spend an afternoon!More

Thank t204
TheMatthewB, Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Many thanks for such a lovely review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your first trip. And we'll pass your message on to Ann, who made the cakes and scones for the trip. She'll be delighted to hear it! Warm regards Dovile Office...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visit not charged but donations requested. Worth a visit, knowledgeable and friendly volunteers showed me this ship that was a beautiful replica of Cabot s ship

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

Thanks so much for your review! Really pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit - hope to welcome you aboard again soon! Hazel

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was greeted by a lovely volunteer and guide. Amazing ship which you can clamber over and go below deck all for free. Amazing. We enjoyed so much we went back again and joined the pay for trip around the harbour. Well worth a visit.

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

Thanks for your review! Great to hear you enjoyed it so much you came back for a trip around the harbour! Hazel

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyable experience aboard while in harbour guide explained all details of the ship able to explore below decks at will and take photos the guide was very informative

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

Thanks so much for your review - really pleased to hear you had a great time and learnt lots from our wonderful guides! Hazel

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a nice trip but it rained so it took the edge of it,but a nice sunny day and it would have been fab.

Thank Louise86747
TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your lovely review. Shame about the weather though! Hope you welcome you aboard again soon! Hazel

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Steeped in history. Lots of information from guides. Beautiful ship. Takes a good hour to really enjoy and walk around it, but worth it.

Thank Rochris2015
TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your lovely review! Really pleased you enjoyed your visit, hope to welcome you aboard again soon! Hazel

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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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