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