The Bancroft Gardens, located on the bank of the River Avon and in front of the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre, attract over a million visitors every year.
The Bancroft was originally an area of land where the townspeople grazed their animals, and the Canal Basin formed the terminus of the Stratford to Birmingham canal, completed in 1816. The Gardens also occupy the site of former canal wharves, warehouses, and a second canal basin, which was built in 1826 and refilled in 1902.
The statue of Shakespeare is the work of Lord Ronald Sutherland Gower, and was presented to the town in 1888. The smaller figures of Shakespearean characters are of Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, Falstaff and Prince Hal; symbolising philosophy, tragedy, comedy and history.
The Country Artists Swan Fountain was made for the 800th anniversary celebration of the granting of the Charter for Market Rights by King Richard I (the Lionheart) in 1196. The fountain was sculpted by Christine Lee and is made of stainless steel and brass. It was unveiled by the Queen in 1996.
Bancroft Gardens were extensively re-developed during 2009 - 2010 with new planting, new flower beds, a new bridge and viewing platform over the lock that forms the entrance to the canal basin.
Now that the Theatre has re-opened the Gardens form a wonderful open space from the Clopton Bridge right up to the new Theatre. The riverside walk alongside the Theatre has been re-opened and it is now possible to walk through the Bancroft Gardens, beside the Theatre, on through the theatre gardens all the way to Holy Trinity Church
Open all the time
Events at this Venue
|Sat 26 - Sun 27 Apr||Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations|
|Sat 26 Apr||Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations Procession|
|Sun 27 Apr||Shakespeare Marathon|
|Sun 4 - Mon 5 May||Festival of Motoring 2014|
|Sun 4 May||Festival of Motoring Ball|
|Sat 8 Nov||Centenary of First World War at Guild Hall|
- Baby changing facilities
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Currency Exchange
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Facilities for groups
- Facilities for educational visits
- Gift shop
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Telephone (public)
- Welcome Host
- Accepts groups
- Facilities for conferencing
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Dogs accepted