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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, buy a gift voucher to treat that special someone to a trip on The Matthew, or come on board and explore for free!

Visit The Matthew

Visit The Matthew

Get the most out of your visit to The Matthew. There’s lots to see aboard 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.
  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “An absolute Bristol must!”

    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

  • “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