Come on board!

Visit The Matthew of Bristol – the ship that put North America on the map.

Plan your visit to The Matthew

The Matthew is available to visit for free at the Bristol Floating Harbour. Ever popular, The Matthew provides an unrivalled platform to view Bristol from the water.

Tickets and gift vouchers

Tickets and gift vouchers

Book tickets for one of our public trips or come aboard and explore. You can also buy gift vouchers for a trip.

Getting here

Getting here

Get the most out of your visit to The Matthew. There’s lots to see on board and nearby, so why not make a day of it?

Hire The Matthew

Hire The Matthew

The Matthew is available for private hire, weddings, engagement shoots, school groups, corporate events, and as a location for filming and photography.

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 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. When we’re moored at the quayside, entry is free. However, 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

Photo By Carolyn Eaton
Photo by Carolyn Eaton.
  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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