MAYFLOWER 400 Tour
Tours International is delighted to be an Official Partner for Mayflower 400, the commemorative events taking place in 2020 marking the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. The Mayflower Pilgrims left England for the New World in 1620, hoping for new beginnings and religious tolerance. We will be running several tours in 2020, which will include attendance at the main commemorative events.
Tour highlights include:
- The world-famous Mayflower Steps and Pilgrims Point in Plymouth, from where the Mayflower Pilgrims set sail in The Mayflower in 1620. The Mayflower Museum, to explore tales of merchant families and learn about the fishing industry, the military harbour and emigration to the New World. See the Mayflower Pilgrims Remembered Gallery and also a model of the Mayflower itself.
- East Anglia where many of the Mayflower Pilgrims came from. Visit Harwich, where the Mayflower was believed to have been built. She was commanded and part-owned by her Master, Captain Christopher Jones, who was among the elite of the town. See his home and the church where he married.
- Norwich, where many of the Mayflower Pilgrims originated. See St Andrew's Church, which had links to John Robinson, a freelance clergyman who became pastor to the Mayflower Pilgrims and the Old Meeting House.
- Nottinghamshire and the Midlands, where Separatist philosophy took hold and inspired the first leaders of the Pilgrim Movement. Trace the Pilgrims' footsteps through Scrooby, Babworth and Sturton-le-Steeple. Remains of the Manor House at Scrooby, the home of William Brewster, who, as the presiding elder in the Plymouth Colony drove the development of what became the Thanksgiving celebration in the US.
- Bassetlaw Museum in Nottinghamshire to see research on the origins of the Separatists and the Mayflower Pilgrims, including a document from William Bradford's History of Plimoth Plantation, the Orbituary of William Brewster and letters from John Robinson.
- Gainsborough Old Hall, home of ardent Puritans William and Rose Hickman, where John Smyth, one of the principal members of the Movement, held meetings.
- Boston in Lincolnshire, where in 1607 a group of Pilgrims led by William Brewster and William Bradford attempted to escape to The Netherlands and where John Cotton became Vicar in 1612. He encouraged religious dissenters to join the Massachusetts Bay Company and later helped to found the city of Boston, Massachusetts in 1630.
- Austerfield, birthplace of William Bradford, first elected Governor of the Plymouth Colony of Massachusetts. See the manor house where he was born and the church where he was baptised with its Pilgrim-themed stained glass window marking the 400th anniversary of his baptism.
- Key London sites including Westminster Abbey where Oliver Cromwell, the country's prominent Puritan leader is buried and the stained glass window depicting the Mayflower Pilgrims; Southwark Cathedral where John Harvard was baptised; the prison where you will see instruments used to torment the Separatist prisoners and Rotherhithe where some Pilgrims joined the Mayflower and the famous Mayflower pub.
- Southampton, where the Mayflower arrived in July 1620, followed by the Speedwell. Visit the SeaCity Museum for the special Mayflower 400 exhibition.
- We can also extend the tour to Holland and Leiden, where many of the Pilgrims escaped to.
Contact us with your group travel requirements.
Photographs: Main image: Plymouth Marina ©VisitEngland/Visit Plymouth/Andy Fox; Gainsborough Old Hall; Pilgrim's Point above Mayflower Steps, Plymouth ©VisitEngland/Visit Plymouth/Andy Fox.