Explore Boston Port, Lincolnshire

Boston is a historic port and market town located on the River Witham in Lincolnshire, joining the North Sea at a part of the coast known as 'The Wash'. It was on the edge of 'The Wash', where one night in 1607, a determined group of separatists secretly joined a boat.

The group planned to escape the authority of the English church, fleeing across the North Sea to Holland.

However the group were betrayed, arrested and brought to Boston Guildhall* for trial. Today you can visit the Guildhall and see the cells where they were held. Delve deep into the story of the Pilgrims as you explore the special exhibition, now open. *Pre-booking is required

Nearby you can see the Pilgrim Memorial marking the point at Scotia Creek, Fishtoft, from where they made their attempt to escape.

Explore the Mayflower Pilgrims story at Boston Guildhal, Lancashire
Have a day out at the historic Marketplace at Boston, Lincolnshire

Boston today is a diverse and vibrant town to explore and discover, with a range of quality national and independent shops, wonderful dining experiences and a unique history and heritage including Boston Stump, a medieval church and the stunning marketplace.

It's easy to reach by rail too, with a journey along the picturesque Poacher Line.


Boston is on the Nottingham to Skegness line, known as the Poacher Line. You can join the train at Nottingham or Grantham from London using 2 mainlines through the middle and east of the country. Arrive in just 2hr 15mins. You'll travel from city, through countryside, to coast, taking in many small market towns on the way. The hop on and off rover tickets by East Midlands Railway means you can explore the line as you wish. Boston station is a short walk from all the main attractions in the town.

East Midlands train travelling along the Poacher line
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