Dartmouth Mayflower Pilgrims' Haven

Spend the day exploring one of Devon’s most historic and scenic harbour towns and the stunning estuary of the River Dart set deep in the Devon landscape.

Where? Dartmouth, Devon

Tour provider Blue Badge Guides


Online booking


Tour Highlights

  • A full-day tour with a cruise excursion, led by your very own local Blue Badge Guide with private transport
  • Inclusive river boat trip, with commentary, along the Dart Estuary. Absorb the atmosphere of Dartmouth’s busy river scene to spot historic craft and a steam railway while admiring tree-lined banks and views of interesting properties
  • A guided walk to explore Dartmouth, a jewel of a coastal town, with your personal Blue Badge Guide. Meander through historic streets, passing artisan eateries, local art and craft shops and vintage markets while hearing of Dartmouth’s connections with the Mayflower story
  • Time to wander Dartmouth at your leisure and perhaps visit a 14th-century pub, or another eatery of your choice for lunch
  • Visit Dartmouth Castle, a medieval fortification perched on the cliffs guarding the harbour’s entrance. Imagine the Pilgrims passing this point as they sought safe haven for their little ships away from the open sea. The castle has excellent displays very relevant to the Pilgrims’ time


Spend the day exploring one of Devon’s most historic and scenic harbour towns and the stunning estuary of the River Dart set deep in the Devon landscape. 

Your qualified Blue Badge Guide will bring alive the local stories of the Mayflower Pilgrims as they share with you the history of the people and the locations that are key to the start of their journey to America.

Dartmouth provided a safe haven for the Mayflower Pilgrims in August 1620 while urgent repairs were made to the Speedwell for the pioneering voyage to the New World. The entrance to the harbour is guarded by a late medieval fort with an excellent exhibition and superb views of the surrounding coast.

Explore the Tudor buildings that the Pilgrims would recognise today, visit Bayard’s Fort and Cove and discover Dartmouth’s renowned artistic and foodie culture on a guided walk with your local Blue Badge Guide.


Customisable Options: 

Visit the Britannia Royal Naval College, Britain’s elite naval officer training college set in an awe-inspiring building where Princess Elizabeth met her future husband Prince Philip. An inclusive guided tour tells of the rigorous training for service at sea around the globe


From £150 per person in SUV; from £60 per person in coach

Group size

2-6 people using SUV transport for excursion; 20-30 people for coach excursion



Up to 7 hours (excluding travel) or 8 hours 30 mins (including travel)


Sensible walking shoes, clothing suitable for weather. For example, waterproof coat and sun hat


Some short steep hills in Dartmouth, boarding the boat for the river trip and steps and stairs at Britannia Royal Naval College make this trip unsuitable for wheelchairs and those dependent on walking frames


1 March to 30 October dependent upon availability. Minimum of 7 days notice dependent upon availability of transport

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