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 of Bristol Reviews
Had a great time, lovely to see Bristol Harbour and the Gorge from the water. Great volunteer staff, who were very helpful and of course are very knowledgable. Excellent trip, highly recommend. more »
This trip is a small pilgrimage for those commuting across the Cumberland Basin and along the Portway. Time passes slowly so we can see the history we normally drive over. more »
Had a lovely time. Well worth it.
What a great way to get a taste of some of the history of Bristol. The volunteers are so friendly and on hand to answer questions. It’s completely free to board and take a look around, although they have a donation box which I think everyone should pop a little something in on their way off. Information cards in different languages available. You can ring the bell, climb up to the front or back of the ship and even go down below deck. Fancy dress items and hammocks you can get into below deck are good fun!
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