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Matthew of Bristol

Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN

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  • The Matthew of Bristol is a replica of the 15th-century caravel that John Cabot sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497. In 1997 she sailed across the Atlantic once more to mark the 500th anniversary of the historic voyage.
  • Today, The Matthew is a much-loved part of Bristol’s maritime heritage with a busy schedule of public boat trips, private charters and film and festival work. She is an ideal place to start your exploration of Bristol's harbourside and is a unique location for your special occasion, corporate event or school trip.
  • The Matthew is free of charge to visit – go on board to explore and have a chat with the knowledgeable guides.


  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Temple Meads.

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  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks. View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is Wapping Wharf Car Park.
    • The car park is located Wapping Road.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Gangway)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the ship.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • Comments View
    • There is non-stepped access to the gangway at all states of the tide.
    • The gangway entry is level at some points of the tide but it is usually sloped.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • Motorised scooters are allowed depending on the size and type.
    • Please contact the venue for more details.

Other Floors (Fo'c'sle and Quarterdeck)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are the forecastle and quarterdeck.
    • There are 9 steps between floors.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • There is not a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are raised decks at the front and rear of the ship.

Other Floors (Lower Deck)

  • Steps View
    • There are 12 steps between floors.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
    • There is not a landing.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the lower deck.
  • Comments View
    • There are no handrails but there are hand grips on both sides of the ladder. (Photograph 3).

Accessible Toilet

  • There are not accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.