Southampton and the Mayflower - guided walks

Southampton is steeped in the story of the sailing of the Mayflower with14 specific events taking place in the old town that were essential to the success of this great adventure.

See Southampton has developed a team of Mayflower Heritage Guides who have comprehensively researched the time the Mayflower and the Speedwell were in Southampton from documents in the City's archives.

Discover why William Bradford's original chronicle "Of Plimoth Plantation" ended up in Southampton. Hear the story of John Alden and his Southampton roots, see where the settlers and crew and servants would have worshipped. Walk in the footsteps of the "Pilgrims" around the old town and see the buildings and places that would have become familiar to them in late July and early August of 1620.

Mayflower Memorial Southampton

The Mayflower Memorial in Southampton

Discover where John Carver, Christopher Martin, Robert Cushman and John Howland bought the supplies needed for the voyage and the early months in New England. Hear about the tensions and arguments over money and see where the Speedwell was repaired.

Visit the garden of the 3rd Earl of Southampton who funded many expeditions to James Town and was a leading player in London Virginia Company. Hear about the astonishing adventures of Hampshire's Stephen Hopkins who sailed on the Mayflower and his links to Shakespeare's Tempest. Stand by the Mayflower memorial and listen to stories of some of the characters who sailed from Southampton on the Mayflower and who are represented on the column. You will be astonished.

Dedicated "Southampton and the Mayflower" walks will take place at 11 am on the following dates in 2019 with all walks starting by the lions at the iconic Bargate. Walks cost just £6 per person and all you need to do is turn up on the day and pay the guide. A free map of Southampton in 1611 is also included.

Walks will take place on:

Friday, 23 August
Friday, 6 September
Friday, 20 September
Thursday, 26 September
Friday, 4 October
Tuesday, 8 October
Monday, 21 October
Friday, 25 October
Friday, 1 November
Tuesday, 19 November
Thursday, 28 November
Friday, 20 December
Monday, 23 December

See Southampton also has a series of Hidden History weekend walks which include elements of the story of the mayflower. Alert the guide to an interest in the Mayflower and you will not be disappointed.

For booking, please visit the See Southampton website

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