Directly opposite the famous Mayflower Steps and in the centre of Plymouth’s historic Barbican overlooking Sutton Harbour, the Mayflower Centre is both a Tourist Information Office and a fascinating museum.
It’s the perfect place to start any visit to Plymouth with all the information and advice you could need available as well as a well-stocked shop of souvenirs and local books and goodies to browse.
The museum on the first floor focuses on the seafaring history of Plymouth and Sutton Harbour, and notably the legendary voyage of The Mayflower in 1620 carrying the Pilgrim Fathers to North America, with a commemorative arch marking the location from which the Pilgrims stepped off English soil just outside on West Pier (although the original steps were actually a good few metres further inland back in 1620 before the stone quayside was built).
The Mayflower Museum brings to life the cramped reality of being onboard the Mayflower for the 102 Pilgrims and 30 odd crew who made the journey, and is well worth a visit to find out more about the founding fathers of America and their struggle to carve out a life in a new land.
3-5 The Barbican,