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Boat Trips, £4-£6

Vintage motor boats

Vintage motor boats

Vintage motor boats


Mr Nick Birch - Mr Jade Swinfen

01789 267073


Swans Nest Boathouse,
Swans Nest Lane,
CV37 7LS


Enjoy a forty minute cruise aboard one of our traditional Edwardian passenger launches. We cruise downstream past the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Holy Trinity Church (the site of Shakespeare's tomb) before turning around and passing under the 15th Century Clopton Bridge.

Once through the bridge, the scenery changes as we carry on upstream as we discover quiet river-banks and meadows with glimpses of large secluded houses and beautiful river-side gardens.


* From the Bancroft gardens next to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
* March, April and October: between 1100 - 1600
* May and September: between 1100 - 1700
* June, July and August: between 1000 - 1800

* Trips depart approximately every 20 minutes


Simply step aboard the waiting boat and buy tickets aboard during the cruise. Public Cruises are 40 Minutes.

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

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

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

Regular departures leaving from the Bancroft Gardens starting at 10.30am until dusk. Open seven days a week from Easter to end of October.


* Adults: £6.00
* Concessions (over 65s): £5.00
* Children (under 14s): £4.00
* Family £18.50 (2 Adults and Upto 3 Children)




    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
    • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
    • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

    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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