Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I haven't received a ticket, will I be able to come on my trip?

    Don't worry! We do not operate paper tickets on The Matthew - instead we will generate a passenger list for each trip. You just need to let us know your name on arrival. You should, however, receive an email with your booking confirmation. If this doesn't arrive in your inbox within a few hours of booking, check your spam folder. If it isn't there please get in touch by email or telephone and we will be able to confirm your booking and that you are on the passenger list.

  • I can't make it any more, can I cancel my ticket?

    If you cannot make it to a trip you have booked, please let us know as soon as possible. If you get in touch 4 weeks or more to cancel your ticket we will be happy to move your booking to another date, or to refund your tickets. If it's later than 4 weeks we will endeavour to re-sell your tickets on your behalf, in which case we'd be able to give you a refund. We don't cover the office during weekends, so if you need to get in touch with us on a weekend about your trip, please get in touch with us via a Facebook message. We can't guarantee we will be able to re-sell your ticket for a refund, but it will at least allow us the chance to give your spot to someone else. Please view the full cancellation policy here:

  • The weather forecast isn't very good, will my trip go ahead?

    The only reason we would not go ahead with a trip is in the event of extreme weather, or strong winds. We recommend that you dress weather appropriately, as The Matthew is an out-doors venue, with no heating or cover from the elements. If your trip is cancelled because of bad weather we will endeavour to let you know as far in advance as possible, but it may be the case that the decision is made immediately before the trip because of safety concerns. In the event of a trip being cancelled you will be offered the opportunity to re-book your trip at a later date, a voucher equivalent to the value of tickets purchased, or a refund. Cash refunds cannot be given for trips purchased using gift vouchers.

  • Can I bring my dog?

    Well behaved dogs are welcome on trips where no food is served, and must be kept on a lead at all times. Service animals are always welcome.

  • What should I wear?

    The Matthew is an open, uncovered boat so please dress according to the weather. If you are joining us for a trip or a private hire event then please note you will be more exposed to the weather when out on the water – it can feel slightly colder than it does on the quayside especially if windy, and more exposed to the sun if fine. We recommend you consider bringing an extra layer, waterproofs or sun protection. In the event of rain we have large umbrellas that you can use. Please wear comfortable, preferably flat, footwear. We strongly discourage stiletto heals as these can be dangerous in the event of an emergency, and will damage the wooden deck.

  • Can I book tickets online for today's trip?

    Online booking is closed a few days before each trip so as to avoid any double booking of places. You can, however, purchase any remaining tickets for each trip on board before the start of the trip. Please bear in mind that these are available on a first come, first served basis, and we cannot take card payments on board.

  • How do I use my Gift Voucher to book trips online?

    To the left hand side of your voucher you will find a had written, 3 or 4 digit number - this is your voucher number. You can book your tickets online as you would usually, but enter this number when prompted to enter a voucher code. Click 'submit', and the value of your voucher will be deducted from the value of the tickets you are purchasing. You will need to enter your personal details so that we know who to expect on the day. You do not need to bring your voucher with you on your trip.

  • What is the accessibility like?

    We are very pleased the the Matthew is now wheelchair acessible! You can board The Matthew through the main entrance via a wheelchair-accessible ramp and a 710 mm wide gate in the bulwark (the side of the ship). The crew will of course be on hand to help you where needed. View more detailed information at AccessAble: Please note that the toilets on board are below deck down some very steep steps. Visitors may consider using the toilets at M Shed before boarding the ship.

  • How long can we stay on board The Matthew?

    During the summer, we typically start evening trips at 6pm, and finish no later than 8pm. During the spring and autumn, sunrise and sunset times limit us, as there is no artificial lighting on deck. The Matthew is crewed almost exclusively by volunteers and their comfort and safety is very important to us.

  • Can I smoke on board?

    As the ship is almost entirely constructed of wood, we cannot allow smoking on board The Matthew. Vapes and e-cigarettes are acceptable when used discreetly on deck (not below). Please be aware that alcoholic drinks cannot be taken off the ship, and passengers may only disembark at our mooring outside the M Shed.

  • Can I bring my own food and drinks?

    As we are a licenced venue we cannot allow alcoholic drinks which have not been purchased from our bar. We cannot offer corkage options. Drinks must be consumed on board. Please get in touch to discuss drinks options. We have a fully licensed bar on board and we offer a range of catering options from fish and chips, cream teas, light-bites and nibbles. We always use local independent suppliers for all our food and drink. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements. You can choose to buy a ticket without food for our fish and chips trip so that you can bring your own food on board. The Avon Gorge trip doesn't include food so you can bring a picnic.

  • How many people fit on the ship?

    Our capacity for sailing trips is 40, and static is 50. We accept groups of up to 15 on public trips. To get the full capacity for exclusive hire, look at our private hire options.

  • Are there any seats?

    We have a mix of plastic chairs and areas around the ship to sit.

  • Are there any times of year you are closed?

    The ship is closed on Mondays and our maintenance period is from November to mid March. When booking your trip please bear in mind that we are an open-air venue.

  • Do you have toilets on board?

    We do have toilets on board. They are situated below deck and accessed via a steep step-ladder.

  • Do you offer commentary on your trips?

    One of our volunteers give a short introduction to The Matthew during our fish and chips trips and on the Avon Gorge trip. We don't offer it on our other trips. You are invited to ask our knowledgeable volunteer crew questions on all of our trips and they'll be very happy to answer as best they can.