Welcome to the Matthew of Bristol
a replica of the English ship that discovered North America in 1497.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about trips, special events, charter or any other query.
The Matthew is moored on Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN.Close (x)
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 original voyage.
Today, The Matthew is a much-loved part of Bristol’s maritime heritage with a busy schedule of public trips, film and festival work, corporate and celebration 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.
Find out more about how you can help support The Matthew.
Saturday 24 June
1 hour harbour trip. Sail around the Bristol harbour and experience the city from the water.
Wednesday 28 June
As the Fish and Chip trip, but with live musical accompaniment from one of our resident groups!
Saturday 01 July
A three to four hour trip down the Avon, under the Clifton Suspension Bridge and along the Avon Gorge.
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
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
This is a great living ship which is free to look round - all parts of the ship are open and if not ask the crew (guides). Trips on the ship can also be booked on their web site, which are fantastic.
Paul76543 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 found this ship on the way to visit S/S Great Britain. It looked very nice. It would have been nice to get on board but it seemed it was closed. I guess it's open to public in...
Marie-Louise K via Trip Advisor