Mayflower - The Pilgrim Story Guide
The fascinating story of the Mayflower voyage, and the stories behind the Pilgrims, can be discovered with this trail around the important places and the significant people who are part of the narrative. As the ship that transported English Separatist passengers – who became known as the Pilgrims – the Mayflower is one of the most important ships in history. Sailing across the Atlantic over 400 years ago, the passengers were heading towards a 'new promised land' where they would establish the Plymouth Colony in 1620. The Pilgrims' story is now a central theme in the history, and culture of the United States and the celebration of Thanksgiving began here in October 1621 after their first harvest. The rest, they say, is history but one with a part that continues with an estimated 10 million living Americans, and up to 35 million people (worldwide), who descended from the Pilgrims.
With an opportunity to uncover the full Pilgrim story, you can travel from Worcester in the Midlands and learn about Edward Winslow's Worcestershire. Travelling to the northern Pilgrim villages will reveal the history and narrative of the religious persecutions in England at the time and expose the motivations behind what drove the Pilgrims forward. Following the trail to the east coast to the Wash and beyond, learn of the first attempts to escape for a new life and about the imprisonment of some of the Pilgrims held here. Follow the nautical trail across the south coast tracing the various stops and starts of the Mayflower before culminating in Plymouth for the final chapter before the sailing in 1620.
On this Mayflower Roots and Footsteps trail, you can choose your own voyage of discovery and decide where to begin your own story, following the trail to the places that interest you most, with our self-guided tour, maps and app.