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Mayflower Steps

The Barbican, Plymouth, England
44 1752 264849
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Ranked #70 of 119 Attractions in Plymouth
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: A plaque beside these steps commemorates Provincetown as the first landing spot for the Pilgrims in the New World.
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

While there is not a whole lot to see, it is interesting. A touch of American history in England. I understand the portico was built with American help. The informational plaques were interesting to read. We found it to be a worthwhile visit - especially for history buffs.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

It is worth visiting just for the history itself- all around this area. There is not a lot to see at the steps but interesting strolling around reading the plaques- though a little too small to read comfortably.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A nice little plaque and archway with a lovely view to sea. Good photo opportunity! But disappointing to learn that it is all reclaimed land and the real steps are in the ladies loo in the pub opposite! I would have liked too see them.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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39 attraction reviews
588 helpful votes 588 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Plymouth bungles and sometimes over sells the Mayflower thing. They Pilgrims weren't from here and didn't get treated well here but they did choose to use Plymouth's name for bits of America and the over-simplified history has stuck. The 'steps' were built here between the wars after a lot of demolition and re-ordering of the road etc had taken place.... More

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Ancona, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

If you're from somewhere people emigrated to from Britain, and were brought up imagining your ancestors going on board ship, never to return, then of course these steps are going to strike a chord. (The authenticity doesn't matter all that much. If they left from Plymouth, it was from very near here, and even if they left from another port... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

There are various plaques in this area that give a little information about ships leaving here to the New World and later Australia and NZ. There is also a recent archway where you can take photos, but it was not the original spot where the ships left from. Would take about 15 minutes to read all the plaques. After that,... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The real steps are in the Admiral McBride pub. Head towards girls toilets and look on the floor!!! The mayflower steps platform are not the real ones but put there for American tourists. It is very clean though and makes great photo moments. Thanksgiving day and 9/11 ceremonies held there but please feel free to investigate. They are not the... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

My mom and I went here while on Insight Vacation's Britain and Ireland Discovery 26-day tour. We knew we had to see the original steps of our ancestors and we are so glad we did. We have visited Plymouth, MA too. The town is very quaint and the whole experience is worth going. Beautiful day too!

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Fascinating to hear the history of the steps, although there is a little bit of sadness mixed in with the story, but like all things it does have a happy ending.

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Cirencester
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We know that these steps and this pier did not exist at the time of the Mayflower. Local history has it the they may have used steps now incorporated in the basement of what is now the Admiral McBride pub. All there is now are some commemorative tokens.

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