Plan your visit

Plan your visit

The Matthew is an ideal place to start your exploration of the harbourside as it is one of the first maritime attractions you will see as you walk from the centre along the quayside, and the original Matthew is one of our oldest ‘living heritage’ stories.

The Matthew is free of charge to visit – you can come on board, look around, climb the steps to the upper decks and have a chat to our knowledgeable guides at any time. If you are coming on a trip with us please make sure you arrive 10 minutes before we are due to leave.


During our fish and chip, cream tea and Avon Gorge trips our on-board bar is open for teas and coffees, alcoholic and soft drinks. Although catering is provided as part of our Cream Tea and Fish & Chips trips, we don’t sell food, so if you are joining us for an Avon Gorge trip we recommend you bring a packed lunch/snacks.

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.

Access for all

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. Read more here.

Our crew are experienced in working with groups of children and adults with special educational needs or learning disabilities.

Assistance dogs are of course very welcome.

Make the most of your day

A number of other maritime attractions are within easy reach. We are next to the MShed museum and a short walk from the SS Great Britain. For further exploration of Bristol’s maritime heritage you can travel down the harbour to Underfall Yard. In addition we are near the Arnolfini, Watershed and the attractions at Millenium Square - We The Curious (formerly 'at Bristol') and Bristol Aquarium as well as the wealth of places to eat and drink that the harbourside has to offer. You can find out more about the weath of activities that Bristol has to offer on the Visit Bristol website.

Other information

Please note that The Matthew is a non-smoking ship at all times, which includes vapes and e-cigarettes. You will not be allowed to disembark the ship at any location other than our mooring at M Shed. Please wear flat shoes rather than high heels, both for your own safety and to protect the wooden deck.

Photo By Shawn Spencer
Photo by Shawn Spencer.