Stratford website in the French language Stratford website in the German language Stratford website in the Spanish language Stratford website in the Italian language Stratford website in the Japanese language (Kanji) Stratford website in the Chinese language (Simplified Mandarin) Stratford website in the Korean language (Hangeul) Stratford website in the English language
Shakespeare's Stratford on the Web
site by QuinSolve :: W - :: E - :: T - +44 (0)1608 664774
Canal Boats in the Stratford Canal Basin
Canal Boats in the Stratford Canal Basin
Stratford Boating Activities 
The River Avon meets the Stratford Canal at the canal basin in the middle of the Bancroft Gardens, opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The canal was started in the late 1700's in order that Stratford-upon-Avon businesses could capitalise on the newly expanding canal network across the country. For the first half of the 19th century it was highly successful, but like the canal network in general it was overtaken by the new railways being developed.

Slowly the canal became disused and eventually silted up. In the 1960s it was restored for pleasure use.

North from Stratford the canal rises through many locks on its way to the Grand Union Canal. The canal cuts its way through beautiful rural wooded countryside of Warwickshire, passing though a number of split bridges.

The River Avon Chain Ferry
The River Avon Chain Ferry
The Ferry
It's one of the classic old chain ferries, of the winding manual type. Built in 1937 it was the last of its sort to be made and used in Britain.


The Ferry takes you from the Dirty Duck side of the river Avon to the other side which offers you the a peaceful waterside walk where you can visit the Butterfly Farm and have a Mexican meal at Cafe Sol.  


The Ferry charge is 20p.

River Cruises
Down by the Waterside, near the RSC, you can relax after your hectic walkabouts.


Bancroft Cruisers

Moat House Stratford 

Bridge Foot
Stratford-upon-AvonCV37 6YR

Tel: 01789 269669

Fax: 01789 204483

Avon Boating
Swans Nest Boathouse
Swans Nest Lane

Half-hour cruises on the River Avon in a fleet of traditional passenger boats. Regular departures from the Bancroft Gardens adjacent to the theatre.

Tel: 01789 267073

Saltisford Canal Centre is a great place for an outing. The Canal centre provides a pleasant green haven near the heart of Warwick, which is open to the public from 8.00 am to 7.00pm daily.

Budbrooke Road
CV34 5RJ


Telephone/Fax: 01926 490006