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Take a trip on The Matthew of Bristol – the ship that put North America on the map

Plan your visit to The Matthew

Ever popular, The Matthew provides an unrivalled platform to view Bristol from the water. Come and explore the ship for free or book your tickets for a trip around Bristol's Floating Harbour and beyond!

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!

Visit The Matthew

Visit The Matthew

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 →


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 aboard The Matthew → 

Private hire information →

Photo By Carolyn Eaton
Photo by Carolyn Eaton.
  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “Great free experience to tour this iconic ship”

    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

  • “Lovely Little Gem”

    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