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Visit The Matthew of Bristol – the ship that put North America on the map.

Plan your visit to The Matthew

The Matthew is available to visit for free at the Bristol Floating Harbour. Ever popular, The Matthew provides an unrivalled platform to view Bristol from the water.

Tickets and gift vouchers

Tickets and gift vouchers

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!

Getting here

Getting here

Get the most out of your visit to The Matthew. There’s lots to see on board the ship and around Bristol's historic Floating Harbour, so why not make a day of it?

Hire The Matthew

Hire 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 Modern Matthew

The Matthew that you see in Bristol Harbour today is a modern reconstruction of the original Matthew that John Cabot sailed to Newfoundland in 1497, built between 1994 and 1996.

The history of The Matthew

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.

Learn more about the history of The Matthew


Trips aboard The Matthew

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!

Public trips and private hire

Photo By Carolyn Eaton
Photo by Carolyn Eaton.
  • “A nice half day sailing trip”

    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

  • “The Majestic Matthew”

    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

  • “Ship ahoy”

    A really interesting visitor attraction. Crew will answer any questions about the ship and how the ancient mariners sailed across the ocean. Kids loved it.

    fishypioneer via Trip Advisor

  • “Fish and Chips and Wine combo!”

    We’ve just got back home and had a wonderful trip on The Matthew. The crew were fantastic and the fish and chips and wine were very welcome. The history talk was very informative. The weather was superb. What more could we have hoped for?

    Steve - sent by email via Trip Advisor

  • “I can't believe how small it is”

    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.

    zummerzet via Trip Advisor