Mayflower 400 Southampton

Westgate Tower Exhibition

Southampton’s fourteenth century Westgate was where the Mayflower and the Speedwell left Southampton in August 1620 bound for America. Today the Westgate Tower is home to a temporary exhibition telling the story of the people involved and the events that took place while the two ships were in Southampton.

The Exhibition is open each Sunday from 10 am until 3 pm. Free entry.

Many important events took place in the port such as the reading of Pastor John Robinson’s letter, an interpretation of which can be seen on a short video.

Displays feature the encounter with Thomas Weston and the writing of the letter to the Merchant Adventurers and also the arrival of William Brewster in the Southampton.

See John Alden’s workshop and a collection of cooper’s tools and discover how the Speedwell was repaired. See for yourself how limited space was on the Mayflower.

The various displays, including a steel model of the Mayflower and tell the stories of Mayflower passengers such as local men John Alden and Stephen Hopkins and the men who were in the port buying essential supplies.

Each Sunday starting at 11.00 am from St Michael’s Square there is a one hour walking tour that visits locations in the Old Town of Southampton associated with the Mayflower. This walk also includes a free copy of the book “Provisioning the Mayflower”. The walk costs just £10 and concludes at the Westgate Tower with a reserved visit.

Only a small number of people can be accommodated in the Westgate Tower at any one time so it is essential to book in advance by emailing with your name, telephone number and preferred visiting time as well as the number in your party. Your ticket will be emailed to you.

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