The Matthew - put it on your must visit list

Sunday, 16 March 2014

The Matthew has become a key attraction on Bristol’s Harbourside in recent years and should be on every family's must visit list.

Built over fifteen years ago to celebrate John Cabot’s voyage to Newfoundland, it is wonderful to find a home-grown Bristol project still proving extremely popular with visitors of all ages and what's more, it’s free to visit.

John Cabot’s Matthew and his ‘discovery’ of North America pre-dates Christopher Columbus, but his place in history is not well known. The team behind the Matthew have done a fantastic job in recreating the boat and also telling Cabot’s story. It feels so full of history and is evocative of its 15th century namesake.

We spent a sunny hour on-board The Matthew while it was moored on Bristol Harbour. It also takes regular short cruises around the harbour. Often the Matthew will set off through the summer months for voyages around Britain, so don’t expect it to be around throughout the school holidays.

It’s a great place for families to explore and get a real feel for life above and below deck. The Matthew is a quiet success story for Bristol, and its simplicity and sheer lack of technology is both endearing and well worth celebrating.

Make sure you give it your support. Visit www.matthew.co.uk to find out more.

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