Where are the real Mayflower Steps?

Where are the real Mayflower Steps?

Urban myth has it that the original Mayflower Steps are in the Ladies toilet in the Admiral MacBride pub….

Not true.  The Mayflower would have first berthed next to where the Mayflower Sailing Club is now. Trusted books, ships logs and William Bradford’s diary all state that the Mayflower arrived in Plymouth when there was a terrible storm. The Mayflower was stuck just by Dutton’s  and eventually took shelter by the Mayflower Sailing Club. The ship moved a little later and that would have been where the real steps were…

Up for discussion! Comments below please….




  1. I suspect the admiral Mcbride was built long after the Mayflower sailed? Any steps would have been removed when the footings were excavated. The other side is that there must records in the Records office of any road building, harbour wall replacements and alterations which might shed light on the original location. Thats assuming the current steps aren’t original;?


    1. We think you are right Tony. We really need to find out from the records office. It is dreadfully tiresome when locals (and we’re locals) tell us that the Steps are in the Ad Macbride Ladies room. We don’t bother correcting people though! Just say thank you 😉


  2. There is a discussion, including with people from Plymouth MA on https://plymouthlink.co.uk and the general concensus
    on there seems to be that the steps were never in the pub or anywhere near.

    There are posts with very old maps showing that the steps couldn’t have been where they are claimed to have been,
    and that it is just a advertising ploy by a past landlord of the pub.
    I’m really interested to find the truth about the location.


    1. Urban myth on this. The Mayflower Steps are no longer visible as they are below a plaque that says Mayflower 1620. The Mayflower didn’t berth in this area as when the tide went out there was just sand. The Mayflower was anchored nearby though and the Pilgrims rowed a boat out to it. This also kept the Mayflower safe from the mobs of thieves in the area. David Saunders


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