School Trips

School Trips

We offer a number of 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 the schools trips during our sailing season between March and November, Tuesdays to Fridays from 10.30am to 2.30pm. We offer these trips at 70% of our normal hourly hire rate.

Please note that we need to have at least 6 adults joining each school trip on the Matthew. The teachers and other adults remain responsible for the safety and behaviour of children throughout trips.

The total trip time lasts up to 50 minutes, allowing time to get on and off the ship within the hour slot. Feel free to come dressed up as pirates! 

We welcome home education groups on these trips also.

Please fill out the enquiry form if you would like to book a group trip.

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

Come aboard for a sail around the Historic Harbour. Learn about Blackbeard, the infamous Bristol pirate and his scary pirate friends. Maximum 40 people.

1st Mate £180 (Aimed at Years 3 to 6)

Come aboard for a sail around the Historic Harbour. Learn about life on board in Tudor times, how sailors sailed the ship and how it is done today. Maximum 40 people.

Deckhand £150 +VAT (Aimed at Years 3 to 6)

Step aboard for a static tour of the ship and learn about Tudor life at sea. 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? Chat with the crew, learn some ropes and see below the decks. Maximum 50 people.

Photo By Matthew Staff
Photo by Matthew Staff.

Event Hire

We offer a truly unique venue to celebrate your special event – birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and more.


The story of John Cabot, Bristol’s part in transatlantic voyaging and the history of both the original and modern Matthews.

Plan your visit

The Matthew is an ideal place to start your exploration of the harbourside.