An inspiring year of commemoration across 12 destinations

One ship that links four nations, spans 400 years of history and connects millions of people.

From November 2019, an ambitious year-long commemoration will mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s pioneering voyage.

It will include a creative, inspiring and unforgettable series of events - from breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime festivals to grand, thought-provoking artistic installations and a vast network of community events.

The Mayflower 400 events programme will share the values of migration, tolerance, freedom and democracy and tell the story of a ship and its passengers - a group of people that a remarkable 30million+ US citizens have descended from.

In England, the commemoration focuses on the key towns and cities that make up the national Mayflower trail. Explore the sites, attractions and places on the trail using the adjacent map and destination links below.

There are variety of local and international tour operators offering you the chance to follow the Mayflower trail through England. Take your own Mayflower visit to England and follow in the footsteps of your Pilgrim Ancestors – group tours, cruise excursions and tailored tours are available. Enjoy full and half day trips with via driver guides and specialist tours.

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Scrooby Manor House

Scrooby & Babworth

The birthplace of Pilgrim elder William Brewster, Scrooby & Babworth is a firm part of the origins of the Mayflower story. These pretty villages are in the heart of rural Nottinghamshire.

Boston Stump

Boston, Lincolnshire

A beautiful market town in the heart of Lincolnshire’s dramatic Fenland, Boston is immersed in history and was the setting for a dramatic twist in the Pilgrims' history.

Leiden American Pilgrim Museum

Leiden, Holland

After escaping England, the Dutch city of Leiden offered sanctuary to the Pilgrims and the promise of a new life. Leiden is just 40 minutes from Amsterdam and as welcoming and charming a city today as it was when the Pilgrims moved there.

St. Helena's Church, Austerfield

St Helena Austerfield Church of William Bradford

Austerfield, Doncaster

The second elected Governor of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts was William Bradford, from Austerfield - a small village near Doncaster that boasts superb English countryside.

Dartmouth

The River Dart

Dartmouth

One of the true gems of the South West, Dartmouth is perched on the Devon coast and is a renowned coastal destination and a hub of picturesque places to eat and drink. The Speedwell stopped here for repairs before travelling to Plymouth.

The Great Hall, Gainsborough Old Hall

The Great Hall at Gainsborough Old Hall

Gainsborough

Some of the Separatists are thought to have worshipped clandestinely at Gainsborough Old Hall - now regarded as one of the best preserved medieval manor houses in Britain. The picturesque Lincolnshire market town is a popular destination with a proud history of aviation.

Low Lighthouse, Harwich. Essex.

Harwich Low Lighthouse

Harwich, Essex

This attractive maritime town is the home of the Mayflower, where the historic ship was originally built. It is where its captain, Christopher Jones lived and was twice wed. Today, it is a must-see destination for history lovers with magnificent views and absorbing attractions.

Ross Castle, Cleethorpes

Immingham

The Separatists escaped to Holland from Immingham Creek, now a busy port near the popular town of Cleethorpes that's bursting with history. There is a monument to the Pilgrims as well as an 800-year-old church with the grave of one of the group that fell ill before escape.

Smeatons Tower, Plymouth Hoe

Smeatons Tower Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth, England

The final stop before the Pilgrims crossed the Atlantic, it is in Plymouth the Separatists abandoned the Speedwell and boarded the Mayflower. Today, Britain's Ocean City's impressive natural harbour is one of England's fastest growing destinations, home to the famous Mayflower Steps.

Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe

Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe

Southwark, London

The home of the Mayflower's captain and much of its crew, the port of Rotherhithe in Southwark is where the ship sailed from to meet with its sister ship Speedwell in Southampton. Today Southwark is an internationally-recognised cultural destination, known for its vibrant performing arts.

Mayflower Memorial, Southampton

Southampton

The port where the Mayflower and Speedwell met, Southampton is steeped in maritime heritage and today is known as the cruise capital of Europe. The city has a vibrant atmosphere with an impressive cultural and retail offering and one of the UK's most popular destinations.

St. Peters Church, Droitwich

St Peters Church Droitwich Spa

Worcestershire

The birthplace of Edward Winslow, a senior leader on the Mayflower, Worcestershire is home to an amazing evolving history, including the first and last battle of the Civil War, and a place visiting future presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson regarded as the home of democracy.

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