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Location of the Matthew

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

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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 45 minutes, allowing time to get on and off the ship within the hour slot.

We welcome home education groups on these trips also.

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

Dress up as pirates and come aboard for a sail around the Historic Harbour. Learn about Blackbeard, the infamous Bristol pirate and his scary pirate friends and even hoist the Jolly Roger flag! Maximum 40 people

1st Mate £180 (Aimed at Years 3 to 6)

Become part of The Matthew’s crew for a sail around Bristol’s historic harbour like you have never had before. Learn about life on board in Tudor times, how sailors sailed the ship and how it is done today. The lucky few may even get to steer the ship! Maximum 40 people

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

A one hour static tour of the ship. Step aboard 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? This is a fun talk with the captain and his crew. Learn some ropes, ‘steer’ the ship 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.