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The Matthew of Bristol

Princes Wharf | Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, England
+44 117 927 6868
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Excellent replica of a piece of history.

You are welcomed abroad this replica to see what life was like on board this beautiful ship. You... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
BargeeGirl
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West Sussex, United Kingdom
Good feature of the Bristol Harbourside

Interesting boat. Nice to find a worthy commemoration of Cabot's exploits. Beautifully explained... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
Shirley B
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Dunstable, 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” (11 reviews)
“fish and chip” (7 reviews)
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Princes Wharf | Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You are welcomed abroad this replica to see what life was like on board this beautiful ship. You can wander down to the cabin space to see all the bunks or climb up to the upper deck. Volunteers are willing to answer questions. It is...More

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

Hi there! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time on the Matthew and many thanks for your kind words. Please come visit us during our sailing season in 2018 and join one our sailing trips too! Warm regards Dovile Office and Marketing Manager

Reviewed 28 October 2017

Interesting boat. Nice to find a worthy commemoration of Cabot's exploits. Beautifully explained and presented by keen, well-informed volunteers

Thank Shirley B
TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Hi Shirley B, Thanks so much for your review, I'm really pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit! Warm regards, Hazel

Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

The Matthew ship travelled across the waters to discover new lands. Discover it today with this amazing life size and working replica. Operated by a passionate bunch of enthusiasts who have lovely built and kept this beautiful shop running. Check it out!

Thank daniel p
Reviewed 6 October 2017

These small sailing ships haven't got much to them. A quick look, a little bit of history from the docents onboard. I think if you it is going out for a cruise that is when you want to be on it. Still I shall no...More

Thank Baxterthetravelguy
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Went on this trip today fish and chip jolly i loved it being bristol born was lovely to see a different view the boat is beautiful the crew are fantastic fish and chips were good good history given by the crewfelt well taken care of...More

Thank Lynne E
TheMatthewB, Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2017

Thanks for your review Lynne, I'm pleased to hear you had a great time on your trip! Hope to welcome you aboard again soon! Warm regards, Hazel (Office & Marketing Manager)

Reviewed 23 September 2017

Don't get me wrong - I think the idea and the fact of the Maththew is fantastic. It's fantastic that she was built here in Bristol and sailed across the Atlantic to re-discover Newfoundland! We took the fish and chip cruise on a wet and...More

Thank roger W
TheMatthewB, General Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2017

Thanks for your feedback Roger. The Matthew does of course go offshore when the opportunity arises. However thousands more people get to see her in her home port than would do on the open sea, and it is those lovely people who are willing to...More

Reviewed 11 September 2017

Was great to sail up and down the river and feel how it might have been so many years ago. A must if in Bristol

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TheMatthewB, Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Hi Stephen, Many thanks for a lovely review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your sail on the Matthew and we hope we'll see you back some time in the future. Warm regards Dovile Office and Marketing Manager

Reviewed 10 September 2017

We booked the Matthew for a fish & chip supper cruise. Unfortunately on the day the wind was too strong to sail. We were offered the option of climbing aboard and having the fish supper regardless and promised another trip in the future. Fish &...More

Thank Zyggi1966
TheMatthewB, Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2017

Thank you for your review, I'm so pleased to hear that you had a good time despite the weather! We'll look forward to welcoming you aboard again when the weather is better. Warm regards, Hazel (Office & Marketing Manager)

Reviewed 10 September 2017

This replica sailing vessel is free to enter and is worth a look if you are visiting M Shed in the Harbourside area where it is moored. It is quite a small ship but there is not a lot to see. It looks attractive when...More

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TheMatthewB, Manager at The Matthew of Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2017

Thanks for your review - isn't it amazing to think a ship so small sailed across the Atlantic! You certainly can join us on trips, and can find out when we'll be sailing as well as booking your tickets, on our website! Hope you can...More

Reviewed 10 September 2017

It's a great experience for families especially if your kids like the idea of boats and pirates. It was part of a wonderful day out and there and there was a very comfortable and shared atmosphere therre.

Thank JadeZ1209473
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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
11 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
5 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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