Pilgrims, Baptists and Amazing Country Churches

Gainsborough and West Lindsey have a unique place in Christian and American history as the place from which the ‘Pilgrims’ began their journey, where the English-speaking Baptists began and where key influencers of the First Amendment lived.

This unique tour explores the origins of these movements that changed America and the World, brings you face to face with their friends, and uses some amazing country churches to explore the history of their Faith.

Where? Gainsborough and West Lindsey

Tour provider Pilgrims & Prophets Christian Heritage Tours

Contact and booking



Itinerary includes Gainsborough, the historic puritan churches of Glentworth and Snarford, the medieval splendour of Stow, the pre-Reformation farmyard church of Coates and Sturton le Steeple which gave birth to separatist leaders John Smyth and John Robinson.

Tour highlights

  • Visit sites in Gainsborough linked to the Separatists like All Saints Church and the waterfront, and explore the medieval Old Hall where John Wesley loved to preach
  • Stand on the quayside where the ‘Pilgrims’ left for Holland in 1608
  • Explore a little ‘farmyard’ church – unchanged since before the Reformation
  • Meet the friends of John Smyth, Thomas Helwys and the early Baptists – face to face
  • Venture well off the tourist track into some classic English villages and churches
  • Visit one of England’s strangest churches – with a couple in a ‘double bed’ where the altar normally might be!
  • Optional visit to one of Europe’s largest antique markets
  • For bookings with sufficient advance notice, you can have the tour led by Cambridge-educated historian Adrian Gray, author of the influential book ‘From Here We Changed the World,’ who grew up in the area

Itinerary duration

6 hours

Recommended group size

Maximum of 25 is preferable, but more can be managed

Price per person

  • £300 for a full coach – transport not included but can be arranged

Min and Max Group Size

Any size between individual and coach

Pick up location, distance from train station

Gainsborough or locations within 25 miles; main line stations at Newark, Retford, Doncaster or Lincoln 

Refreshments and meals

Lunch and afternoon cream tea etc can be included as an addition – please allow around £7-£10 a head depending on requirements

Special equipment needed

None, but note that most buildings will be unheated

Availability Frequency and Advance Booking

Minimum of 7 days advance booking; winter bookings possible but sites are unheated and some lack electricity

Accessibility considerations and facilities

Some old churches have limited accessibility

Fitness Level (low, moderate or high)


Sign up for the latest Mayflower 400 news

You'll be the first to hear the latest Mayflower news, events, and more.

Mayflower 400 Proudly Supported by our National Sponsors and Funding Partners