2020 marked the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage. One of the most influential journeys in global history and a defining moment in the shared history of Britain, America and Holland. Commemoration events are being organised in eleven key locations across England, the events and cultural program will tell the stories of the ship, the Pilgrims and their journey.
Heritage and Arts have been asked by Southwark Council to provide the official Rotherhithe and Bankside guided walking tours as part of the these celebrations. This is the official and complete Mayflower 400 tour where we will and get inside many of the buildings and attractions. This is the only tour which has been approved by the local history and tourist groups. We will try to discover the London of the Pilgrims.
What was life like for ordinary people in those days? Why were they driven to leave their home country and set sail for a new world and new life? We will see how the area has changed over the last 400 years, but still retains links to it's past.
Full Day Complete Tour
The full Mayflower heritage walk takes about six hours including lunch and entrance into many local sites. Our story begins in Rotherhithe, where the walk takes us past and into the Mayflower pub, the churchyard where Captain Christopher Jones is buried, a church and school from the days of the Pilgrims and memorials built to commemorate those brave souls of the past. We will stop for lunch and ale at a local pub. We will then move on to Bankside where we will see a prison where separatists were jailed and detailed recreations of the Globe theatre of William Shakespeare and of a Tudor sailing ship. Read more >
Mayflower in Rotherhithe
The two hour Mayflower in Rotherhithe walk takes us to a pub where Captain Jones is said to have hired his crew, another from where the settlers boarded the Mayflower, and even the burial grounds of Captain Christopher Jones. There is a church and school from the days of the Pilgrims and memorials built to commemorate those brave souls of the past. We will end the tour in time for you to sample an ale and have lunch or an afternoon meal in one of the pubs we have seen on our walk.
Mayflower in Bankside
During the two hour Mayflower in Bankside walk we will see a prison where separatists were jailed, the Globe theatre of William Shakespeare and a recreation of a Tudor sailing ship. We will visit a Cathedral with links to the beginning of Harvard University, and a market which was around at the times of the Pilgrims. Bankside is overflowing with history. We will end our two hours tour at the only galleried inn remaining in London for you to sample an ale and have lunch or an afternoon meal.