In the Pilgrim’s Footsteps – The Mayflower Story

Explore Lincoln Cathedral before heading to the historic villages of Scrooby and Babworth in Nottinghamshire - which go to the very heart of the Mayflower story

Where? Lincoln and Nottinghamshire

Tour provider Blue Badge Guides


  • Address: 24 Lucknow Avenue Mapperley Park Nottingham NG3 5BB
  • Telephone: 07767422147
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  • Travel Trade Contact: Harvey Goodman



A 9.30am meet at Exchequer gate Lincoln Cathedral for a guided walk round Cathedral Grounds and precincts before heading towards the Bassetlaw area and the birthplace of many Separatists.

Enjoy a coffee break at Tuxford Windmill, a working tower windmill built in 1820 before departing for Babworth to visit to All Saints Church where the sermons of Richard Clyfton inspired William Brewster and others to their Separatist beliefs

Drive the short distance to Scrooby visit St Wilfred’s Church. Brewster is believed to have founded a Separatist Church in his family home - the (privately owned) manor house at Scrooby.

Enjoy a pub lunch at “The Pilgrim Fathers”, an 18th Century Inn on the old Great North Road before departing to Gainsborough to visit All Saints Church completed in 1748 with a mix of perpendicular Gothic and Classical Revival and then to the United Reformed Church, named in honour of John Robinson (1576-1625) who was the pastor of the Pilgrim Fathers before they set sail on the Mayflower. It includes an exhibition based around the Mayflower adventure.

A visit to Gainsborough Old Hall, a large 15th Century timber-framed medieval strong house and one of the best-preserved manor houses in Britain built between 1460 and 1480. It boasts a magnificent Great Hall and strong brick tower. King Richard III in 1483 and King Henry Viii in 1541 both stayed at the Old Hall. After a guided tour of Old Hall, you will enjoy a traditional English cream tea before returning to Lincoln.

Tour highlights

  • Lincoln featuring one of the most magnificent of English Gothic Cathedrals
  • Scrooby and Babworth where the first separatists were born and worshipped
  • Gainsborough Old Hall traditional afternoon cream
  • Tuxford Mill. A working tower windmill, built in 1820
Gainsborough Old Hall

Gainsborough Old Hall

Itinerary duration

7 hours

Recommended group size

2-6 people

Price per person

  • £150 net per person up to 2-4 people in a group.
  • Discount for parties of 6

Min and Max Group Size

Min 1, Max 6

Pick up location, distance from train station

Meet at Exchequer Gate at Lincoln Cathedral 

Refreshments and meals

Morning coffee and afternoon cream tea included

Special equipment needed

Comfortable walking shoes and waterproof coat

Availability Frequency and Advance Booking

1 April to 30 October daily. Minimum of 7 days advance booking. Subject to availability

Accessibility considerations and facilities

The tour is accessible, however, not suitable in all places for wheelchairs due to old, narrow stairs in historic churches/buildings

Fitness Level (low, moderate or high)

Low to moderate

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