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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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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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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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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is supposedly the place where the pilgrim fathers set off from the Engish soil to start life in the brave new world. Worth a visit for that history alone. It's a landmark in Plymouth with the lovely Barbican area where you can find pubs, great shops and eateries. Could enjoy a good walk along the jetty, but could become... More

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Saltash, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Stand here, on the same stone steps, and remember those brave families who set sail across the Atlantic, enduring a long rough passage, praying for a better life - in New England.

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