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Boat Hire

Gondola Hire

Gondola Hire

Gondola Hire


Swans Nest Boathouse,
Swans Nest Lane,
CV37 7LS


Gondola Hire and Venetian Boat Building

In keeping with one of Stratford's lesser known traditions Avon Boating are proud to own and offer trips on an authentic Venetian Gondola. At the beginning of the 1900's Miss Marie Corelli, the famous and eccentric, romantic novelist owned a gondola on the river here. We only thought it right that we restore the presence of her gondola on the river in honour of her eccentric lifestyle. If you have ever been in a gondola you will understand why she loved it so much and what it is that makes them so unique and unrivalled on the water.

History of our Gondola

We have just restored Marie Corelli's original gondola...

Gondola Hire

Our gondola seats up to 3 people and comes with one or two skilled gondoliers. Pick-up and drop-off can be arranged to suit either at our boathouse, by the theatre, close to Holy Trinity church or anywhere else requested on the river.

The gondola is also available for hire nationally and internationally and can be trailered to location as it has been in the past for both TV work and Advertisements.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Facilities for groupsOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic siteAccepts groups

Children welcome

Our Boathouse is only a short walk for the Pay & Display carpark on Swan's Nest Lane. Nearest public toilets are behind The View Fish & Chip Restaurant.

Opening details

Hours of Operation for Boat Hire: Late March to Late October, 9am until Dusk, 7 Days a Week


Gondola Special Package

1 to 3 people: £100.00

Gondola Wedding Package

* Up to 1 hour on hire for the wedding
* A gondolier in full costume and the gondola decorated with white ribbon

Price: £180.00

Other packages are available or you are welcome to create something unique for yourselves. Please see our website or contact us directly for further information.




    Plan route to Avon Boating using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

    Map reference: SP 205548  Lat: 52.19115 Long: -1.70065

    From Stratford town centre, cross over the road towards the river and go along Waterside. Avon Boating is on your left-hand on the river front within the Bancroft Gardens next to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

    Parking: with charge


    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome

    Our Boathouse is only a short walk for the Pay & Display carpark on Swan's Nest Lane. Nearest public toilets are behind The View Fish & Chip Restaurant.

    Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


    • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
      • Yesis solid
    • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
      • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)
      • YesHas a ramp


    • Avon Boating Ltd is an outdoor visitor attraction. At no point do the general public enter a building. River bank is clearly marked. The general public are assisted in entering any water craft by trained staff members. Due to the nature of our boats we are unable to take wheel chairs aboard any of our water craft. Any body with the ability to leave their chair is assisted safely into the water craft. For further information on access please contact us on 01789 267073.


    • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
    • YesClear signage
    • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
    • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
    • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children

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