Mayflower Guided Walking Tours
These are the official and complete Mayflower 400 tours where we will and get inside many of the buildings and attractions. They are the only tours which have been approved by Southwark Council and 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.
There are two walking tours available, a two hour tour of Rotherhithe from where the Mayflower set sail and Master Jones is buried, and a two hour tour of Bankside were the separatists enjoyed their pastimes but also served their prison terms. The walks can also be combined as a six hour tour of both areas which includes entry to various sites and lunch at a local and historic public house.
For more information and to book a Guided Walk please visit the our Blue Badge guide partners at www.heritageandarts.com
Rotherhithe Guided Walking Tour
The name Rotherhithe is thought to derive from the Anglo-Saxon 'Rethra' meaning a sailor and 'Hythe' meaning landing place. Rotherhithe has a long history with the sea and sailing, from the early trading days, home to many of the crew to the Mayflower ship, and to the docks bringing goods from around the world.
Our walk takes us past and into the Mayflower pub, the burial grounds of Master Christopher Jones, a church and school from the days of the Pilgrims and memorials built to commemorate those brave souls of the past.
Bankside Guided Walking Tour
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 begining 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.