Mayflower 400

Visit God’s House Tower and see Southampton as it was the year the Pilgrims left on their historic journey across the Atlantic. The Ken Hellyar model map – a focal point of our heritage exhibition Stories Behind the Stones – shows Southampton in 1620, and has been fully animated with a state-of-the-art audio visual show telling the story of the walled town.

Journey in time and experience the Tower’s dark history, from its creation as a medieval gunnery, to its dark and dismal days as one of England’s worst prisons. See how gunners in the 1500s defended the town, look through the historic windows onto the historic docks, and discover GHT’s fascinating history with the Voice of the Tower.

Take the spiral staircase to the roof for stunning views across Southampton Water, and watch ships as they make their way out of the city, on the same route the Mayflower would have taken 400 years ago.

We have a full series of events programmed to commemorate GHT’s part in the Mayflower story. Download the programme via the link below.

Download the programme here

And visit our What’s On page to book tickets for events.


We are also delighted to be teaming up with local print studio Cowprint, a collection of printmakers from Red Hot Press, who will be exhibiting in the Crawford Room to commemorate the sailing of the Mayflower.

Cowprint, in collaboration with Inky Hands Print Studio and Gallery of Plymouth, MA, will present an exhibition of prints at God’s House Tower titled ‘Navigating a New World’ from 1st to 16th August 2020.  Thirty-seven printmakers will showcase a wide variety of printmaking processes and technical skills as they draw inspiration from different aspects of the Mayflower’s voyage to the New World.

Both studios will create a series of original prints depicting the Mayflower story and its impact, along with two concertina books, which will cross the Atlantic as part of an international print exchange. Running alongside the exhibition will be a tie-in workshop run by Red Hot Press in Southampton.