Take a trip on The Matthew of Bristol – the ship that put North America on the map
Book tickets for one of our public trips or come on board and explore for free! We also have gift vouchers available – treat that special someone to a trip aboard The Matthew!
We're a unique location for your special occasion, corporate event or school trip. The Matthew is also available for hire as a location for filming and photo shoots!
The Matthew of Bristol is a replica of the 15th-century caravel that John Cabot sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497. In 1997 she sailed across the Atlantic once more to mark the 500th anniversary of the historic voyage.
Today, The Matthew is a much-loved part of Bristol’s maritime heritage with a busy schedule of public boat trips, film and festival work, corporate and celebratory events. You can also come on board for a visit when we’re moored at the quayside – entry is free. However, as we are a registered charity, any donations in the collection box are very much appreciated!
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
ClaireAdamMoss via Trip Advisor
A great birthday or anniversary treat. we did the fish and chip lunch trip but they also do a cream tea sailing trip, you can buy advance gift vouchers, a ideal present for family or friends
Libralass via Trip Advisor
What a great day we had sailing majestically up the river to Pill and back, waving to the people seeing us from riverside vantage points including those walking above us across the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
PetalBristol via Trip Advisor
We have boarded the Matthew several times and learn something new every time. The volunteers are always so delighted to tell stories and share history and are very good at engaging little ones…
Sarah R via Trip Advisor
Everyone should visit the Matthew if she's in port, it is a fascinating insight into how early explorers travelled the world, you'll be amazed at how they managed it in such cramped conditions.
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