How to get here

The Matthew of Bristol is located in the heart of Bristol’s city centre in the historic floating harbour next to the MShed museum.

Where to find us

The Matthew is moored on Prince's Wharf outisde the M Shed museum and a short walk from SS Great Britain

Our address: Prince's Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN

Opening Hours

10 am – 4 pm* Tuesday to Sunday March – November

Open bank holidays, including Mondays.

10 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday December to March.

*The ship is generally open for visitors when at its berth during these hours, though be aware that we do run regular public and private trips and that the ship will close in the case of bad weather. If you are planning a special visit please call ahead on 0117 927 6868 or check out our page with detailed opening times.


Get here (our usual location on Prince's Wharf opposite the M Shed):

By bus

The Matthew is served by all buses that run to the City Centre. You can also visit via the Bristol Insight open-top bus tour – use stop no. 4 SS Great Britain which is a 5–10 minute walk away.

If you park at the Long Ashton Park & Ride, you can take the M2 Metro Bus to Wapping Wharf stop which goes every 10-12 minutes. It's then just a 2 minute walk to The Matthew! The Park & Ride is open from 5.30am Monday to Saturday – Closed Sundays and Public Holidays. More info here.

Alternatively, use the Portway Park and Ride and get a bus to the Centre (St. Augustine's Parade stop), about a 15-minute walk from The Matthew. It is open from 6:15am Monday to Saturday and 9:30am Sundays and public holidays. More info here.

Get here by boat

Catch a ferry to either the SS Great Britain or Bristol City Centre 

Get here by train

Temple Meads railway station is a 20 minute walk from The Matthew, or you can catch the number 8 or 9 bus from the station which will drop you in the City Centre.

Get here by bike

There are bike racks by the back entrance of M Shed which also links to the cycle track. Please note there is no cycle access on the dockside directly to The Matthew. There is a tyre pump at the end of M Shed on Wapping Road.

Get here by car - parking

The nearest car park is at Wapping Wharf which is a 2-3 minute walk from the ship. There is also The Grove (BS1 4RB). There are five disabled spaces at The Grove and three next to Brunel’s Buttery. There are four accessible spaces in the Wapping Wharf car park. The carpark at the SS Great Britain and the Millenium Square carpark are both about a 10-minute walk away. You can find out more at the Travel West website.

Coaches and minibuses

There is no parking for coaches but they can drop off within yards of The Matthew by following the road behind the MShed.  There is coach parking at the SS Great Britain, a 5-10 minute walk away.

Photo By Colin Moody
Photo by Colin Moody.