School Trips

School Trips

We offer several one-hour packages for Key Stages 1 and 2 which link to the Tudor and Explorer themes in the national curriculum, as well as local history for schools in the Bristol area.

School trips

We run trips for schools during our sailing season between April and November, from Tuesday to Friday.

  • Trips are available in one-hour timeslots starting at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm. 
  • The total trip time lasts up to 50 minutes, allowing time to get on and off the ship within the one-hour timeslot. 
  • School trips are offered at 70% of our normal hourly hire rate.
  • Feel free to come dressed up as pirates! 

We also welcome home education groups.

Please note: At least 6 adults are required to join each school trip on The Matthew, with a maximum passenger number of 40 in total. The teachers and other adults with the group remain responsible for the safety and behaviour of the children throughout the trip.

Teacher testimonial:

"We loved our trip to The Matthew. The children were really captured by the ship (and so were the adults) and it really brought all of our learning in the classroom to life! The volunteers on board were so kind, great with children and knowledgeable, so we'd just like to say a huge thank you!"

Please complete an enquiry form if you would like to book a school trip.

Pirates! (for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes): £180 

This is a one-hour session, including a trip around Bristol Harbour, for up to 40 children and adults.

Come aboard for a sail around Bristol's Historic Harbour. Learn about Blackbeard, the infamous Bristol pirate, and his scary pirate friends.

Maximum 40 people.

1st Mate (aimed at Years 3 to 6): £180

This is a one-hour session, including a trip around Bristol Harbour, for up to 40 children and adults.

Come aboard for a sail around Bristol's Historic Harbour. Learn about life on board in Tudor times, how sailors sailed the ship then, and how it is done today. How did sailors navigate across unknown and treacherous seas to undiscovered lands? Why did they go? What were they trying to find and exactly where did they end up? 

Maximum 40 people.

Deckhand (aimed at Years 6+): £180

This is a one-hour static session for up to 40 children and adults.

Step aboard for a tour of the ship and learn about Tudor life at sea. Let us know if there are particular subjects you'd like your group to learn about. Our volunteer crew are available to answer questions about The Matthew and will give a talk on the history of the ship while we stay at our mooring just outside the M Shed.

Maximum 40 people.

Older children

If you have a group of older children, we can adapt our session to work with your requirements. Please let us know what you need. We could look at, for example, early exploration and John Cabot. You could also use The Matthew as a space for your own teaching session.

Larger group? Static hire for groups of up to 50 people

If you have a larger group of students, we can do any of the above trips as a static trip for up to 50 people – the same theme, but the ship just won't be moving!

The price for a static hire session is £150 + VAT. 

Available facilities

There are toilets below deck which are accessible via a steep ladder. The Matthew doesn’t have lunch facilities but there are areas to eat lunch nearby on the quayside.

Photo By The Matthew staff
Photo by The Matthew staff.


Learn more about The Matthew using these free resources and activities!

Our history

Find out more about the history of both the original and modern Matthews.

Plan your visit

The Matthew is an ideal place to start your exploration of Bristol's harbourside.