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Boat Hire

Avon Boating

Avon Boating


Mr Nick Birch - Mr Jade Swinfen

01789 267073


Swans Nest Boathouse,
Swans Nest Lane,
CV37 7LS


Rowing Boats

Our fleet of self hire rowing boats is one of the largest in the country. Our Rowing Boats are lovingly maintained and we are proud to watch people enjoying them throughout the season.

Our trained boating staff are always on hand to give you a quick tutorial and information on the river. Simply take a trip out into the countryside or to the theatre and the church, or hire for longer and enjoy a picnic along the river...

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

Children welcomeDogs accepted

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


Rowing Boats, Punts and Canoes (by the hour):

* Adults: £5.00
* Children: £3.00
* Family Ticket: £15.00 (2 Adults and upto 3 Children)
* Min. Charge: £10.00

Motor Boats - seat a maximum of 5 passengers
* Half Hour - £20.00
* One hour - £30.00
A £20.00 deposit is require on all motor boat hire.

Hire of Watermen

Treat yourself and hire an experienced waterman to row or punt you up and down the river or arrive at the theatre in style:

* £10.00 per person per ½ hour
* Minimum Charge £20.00
* N.B. Please book watermen in advance

Day Boat Hire
Hire a six seater day boat to explore further stretches of the River Avon.
Week Day (mon-fri)
* Half Day Hire (4 Hours) - £80.00
* Full Day Hire (8 Hours) - £120.00
Week End and Bank Holidays
* Half Day Hire (4 Hours) - £100.00
* Full Day Hire (8 Hours) - £150.00
A £100.00 deposit payable in advance is required to secure your booking.




    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

    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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