In 1497 John Cabot and his crew set sail from Bristol to find a new trade route to Asia. Instead however he arrived on the coast of Newfoundland and therefore was the original discoverer of North America, not Christopher Columbus as most people believe.For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Bristol holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Matthew of Bristol and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
To celebrate the quincentenary of this momentous trip, a replica Matthew was built between 1994 and 1996. In 1997 the new Matthew followed the same course as John Cabot in 1497 and sailed across to Newfoundland. It carried the same number of crew members as the original and took the same amount of time to complete the crossing.
Today The Matthew is based in Bristol Harbour and is open to the public as well as undertaking short cruises around the harbour. In the summer the Matthew sometimes travels further afield, exploring the wild seas around the British Isles and Northern Europe – creating a spectacle wherever she ventures.
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The Matthew is a replica of a boat used by John Cabot in 1497. It is quite small and would not be my first choice of trans Atlantic transportation. more »
A very interesting replica of the wooden boat John Cabot sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497. Free admission. It's eye-opening to see the tiny size of the exploration vessels in those days. Ne... more »
Fantastic day out couldn't fault the ride to Pill through the Avon Gorge. The Volunteers are just amazing with their wealth of knowledge. Wouldn't hesitate to do another ride on the beautiful boat.
We had a lovely time on The Matthew Fish & chips harbour tour! Beautiful way to see the city from the water, the food was great and the hospitality even better! Definitely recommend!
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