Spirit of Exploration Mayflower Tour




The Tour / Experience:

In 1620 a group of Pilgrims set sail from Plymouth to flee religious persecution hoping to forge a new life in a new world. Travel back in time to hear their story, brought to life through storytelling and dramatic performance.

Your tour will begin at one of the South West’s most iconic landscapes; Plymouth Hoe, with Smeaton’s Tower and its spectacular views of Drakes Island and Plymouth Sound. There has been a settlement at Plymouth for over a thousand years and it boasts a fascinating history being a port of great strategic importance. It has been a place where many voyages of exploration have been launched. These voyages have involved such characters as Sir Francis Drake, Captain James Cook, Charles Darwin and Sir Francis Chichester. Listen to the stories that this city has to tell and learn about the people who have shaped its destiny.

Visit the Elizabethan Gardens which are hidden from view and take you back to the Sixteenth century. Listen to a short dramatic performance retelling some of the experiences of the passengers of the Mayflower. You can also visit the Mayflower Museum to gain more insight into the Pilgrim’s journey.

Take time to visit one of the many tearooms for a traditional cream tea or perhaps go shopping in the galleries and quaint gift shops which exist in this historic part of Plymouth.  Take a walk down the cobbled streets of New Street past the Elizabethan Merchant’s House and onto the Island House which was once surrounded by water. Visit the Plymouth Gin Distillery and the Old Custom House, the former residence of Captain Bligh of the Bounty where the Pilgrims also stayed.

Emulate the Pilgrims by leaving the Mayflower steps and sailing across Plymouth Sound. You will get close to the Plymouth Breakwater and sail around Drakes Island which once housed prisoners who signed the death warrant of Charles l.

Why not bring History alive by having your very own Pilgrim to show you the historic parts of Plymouth and share with you the experience of those intrepid settlers who travelled across the ocean to the New World. Bespoke activities can also be provided for children which can include sticker trails, quizzes and dressing up opportunities to enhance the experience for children of all ages. This is an optional extra and comes at no extra cost.


The Highlights: 

  • Plymouth Hoe and panoramic views of Plymouth Sound
  • Elizabethan Gardens
  • Mayflower Museum
  • Optional extra of a cream tea at a local tearoom.
  • The historic Barbican
  • Boat trip across Plymouth Sound

Tour Details: 

Meeting Point: Smeaton’s Tower on Plymouth Hoe Plymouth.  20-minute walk from Saltash train station


Contact Details: 

Email: Landscapesandlegends@gmail.com

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About the guide

Name: Adrian Chapman

Qualifications: South West

Languages: English