Exploring the Mayflower trail

The Mayflower trail follows the journey of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the ship and their voyage through villages, towns and cities.

Follow in the footsteps of the Mayflower Pilgrims.

Visit the birthplace of Williams Bradford and Brewster and trace their journeys as they began to worship in secret and made attempts to escape from England. Find out how they lived for over ten years in Leiden, Holland. The story of the Mayflower ship and her captain begins in Harwich, and then onto Rotherhithe in London. The onward journey includes Southampton, Dartmouth and finally Plymouth.

It was from Plymouth, England in September 1620 that the Mayflower and her passengers made their final voyage to the new world.

Discover the Mayflower Tours on sale and choose from driver guides to group tours, specialist tour guides or cruise excursions. Mayflower tours can last from a couple of days up to ten days and include accommodation in the locations of the Mayflower trail. Cruise excursions from key ports follow the path of the Pilgrims. Re-live the history by visiting the English locations and follow their voyage to Holland and back.

The cities, villages, ports where Mayflower history was written are all mentioned in detail in each of the Mayflower trail locations. Click to read the historic details of each location and the places worth visiting in each city. Choose from customised tours such as religious, cultural or walking and cycling tours and visit your favourite Mayflower destinations.

We also provide attractions and accommodation suggestions in each of the Mayflower trail locations to make the most of your visit.

Check our events program and find out more about the commemoration events starting in November 2019 and mark the 400th Mayflower Anniversary. Locations including Plymouth and Boston in England host a fantastic line up of Mayflower events worth visiting.

Key

  • pilgrim-crewHometowns.png Pilgrim & Crew Hometowns
  • mayflower-speedwellDestinations.png Mayflower & Speedwell Destinations
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  • Austerfield
  • Scrooby & Babworth
  • Gainsborough
  • Boston
  • Immingham
  • Worcestershire
  • Leiden, Holland
  • Harwich
  • Rotherhithe
  • Southampton
  • Dartmouth
  • Plymouth
  • Plymouth, USA

Explore the Mayflower Destinations

Visit the destinations in England, Holland and the USA that were key to the journey of the Mayflower and her passengers.

Read on for information about the Mayflower connections in each location; things to do and places to stay. 

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 as welcoming now as it was then.

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.

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

Dartmouth 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.

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.

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.

Smeatons Tower, Plymouth Hoe

Smeatons Tower Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth, England

The final stop before the Pilgrims crossed the Atlantic, Britain's Ocean City 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, 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.

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.

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