The Mayflower City

Plymouth in the county of Devon is inextricably linked with the story of the Pilgrims. It is from the safety of this superb harbour that the Mayflower finally left England, in September 1620, on her perilous voyage to the New World.

Where? Plymouth, Devon

Tour provider Blue Badge Guides


Online booking 

Tour Highlights

  • The services and expertise of a local Blue Badge Guide

  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Plymouth’s Barbican and Sutton Harbour. We search out the waterside, winding streets and the Tudor buildings that the Mayflower Pilgrims would recognise from their stay here in August 1620. Walk up on to the Hoe for outstanding views of Plymouth Sound and stories of exploration, heroism and endeavour

  • Uncover intriguing questions and evidence of the Pilgrims’ story at Plymouth’s 21st-century flagship museum and gallery, The Box

  • Pass under the memorial arch and stand above the Mayflower Steps to reflect on the moment the Pilgrims stepped aboard Mayflower and embarked upon their world-changing journey.  Find out more at the Mayflower Museum.

  • Sample awarding-winning food and drink at the renowned Plymouth Gin Distillery on the site of the Friary that housed some of the Pilgrims during their time in Plymouth

New Street on the Barbican, where the Pilgrims would have walked

Enjoy a guided tour of old Plymouth, the Barbican and Hoe, and visit superb exhibitions about Mayflower that tell the story of the Pilgrims’ mission, their journey and the challenges they faced pioneering new settlements in unknown lands. 

The addition of a guided trip to Buckland Abbey, the Drake family home, makes this a full day’s tour, enabling us to explore the great changes that took place in Tudor England and ultimately gave rise to the great migration westward, across the Atlantic.

Mayflower Steps

Customisable Options: 

Journey out to Buckland Abbey to explore the home of the great navigator and explorer Sir Francis Drake. At this ancient abbey and family home we delve into the stories of the great changes that took place in Tudor England and led many faithful souls to seek new lives in America


Half day (no transport) from £35 per person; full day including coach from £85 per person (coach to be arranged and paid for by operator)

Group size

Minimum 2, maximum 15



Half day: 5 hours; full day including Buckland Abbey: 8 hours 


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


Some short steep hills in Plymouth and cobbled streets make the walking tour unsuitable for wheelchairs and those dependent on walking frames. Alternative arrangements for groups of 2-6 with specific mobility requirements wishing to explore Plymouth using an SUV are possible - please enquire


Half-day tour (Plymouth only) is available all year; full-day tour including Buckland Abbey is available mid-February 2020 to 30 October dependent upon availability. Minimum of 7 days notice dependent upon availability of transport

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