Come on board!
Visit Bristol's favourite tudor ship that put North America on the map.
The Matthew is available for private hire, weddings, enagagement shoots, school groups, corporate events and as a location for filming and photography.
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 here.
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. Entry when we’re moored at the quayside is free though as a registered charity any donations in the collection box are very much appreciated.
The Matthew is an expensive boat to maintain, and we rely hugely on the generosity of visitors to keep the ship running. Play your part in giving England's history a future. Find out more about supporting The Matthew.
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
It's nice to find something you can see without breaking the bank. No charge but well 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 quite an inspiration
greenmodelmonkey 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’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
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