Privateers, Pioneers, Pilgrims and Liberators – The Plymouth Story



World War II, Migration


The Tour / Experience:

A 3 km walk which starts and ends at the Barbican, Plymouth’s historic Elizabethan seaport, on streets, many of which would still be recognisable to Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh and the ship’s company of the Mayflower. In England of the 1500’s, the seaport of Plymouth was buzzing with activity. With their experience of Atlantic crossings and global navigation the seafarers of Plymouth were the natural choice to command the Navy against the mighty Spanish Armada. This expertise made Plymouth the final departure point for the Mayflower’s journey to the New World in 1620.


The Highlights: 

  • The Barbican, Plymouth’s Elizabethan harbour. Embarkation point for many voyages of discovery.
  • The Mayflower Steps, departure point of the Pilgrims headed for the New World
  • Plymouth Hoe, with its spectacular views and distinctive lighthouse.
  • Plymouth’s famous gin distillery, formerly a friary and lodging house for the Mayflower pilgrims.
  • Elizabethan merchant’s houses, narrow cobbled streets, traditional harbour.

Tour Details:

  • Start and End point: The Barbican, Plymouth
  • 2 hour walking tour.


Contact Details:


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About the guide

Name: Ian Newman

Qualifications: South West

Languages: English