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Location of the Matthew

The Matthew is moored on Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN.

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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.

Food and drink

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. We don’t sell food, so if you are joining us for a Avon Gorge trip we recommend you bring a packed lunch/snacks.

Disabled access

You can board Matthew through the main entrance via a wheelchair-accessible ramp and a 710 mm wide gate in the bulwark. The crew will of course be on hand to help you where needed.

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 - @Bristol and Bristol Aquarium as well as the wealth of places to eat and drink that the harbourside has to offer.

Other information

Please note that The Matthew is a non-smoking ship at all times, and if you are joining us for a trip please wear flat shoes not heel both for your own safety and to protect the wooden deck.

Photo By Shawn Spencer
Photo by Shawn Spencer.