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River Avon Chain Ferry

Avon Bank Gardens | Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
+44 1789 260616
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Grumpy Old Man

We had parked at the Recreation Ground to catch this ferry. A short trip on a characterless vessel... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Graeme C
,
Birmingham
Quirky river crossing!

50p each for one crossing and it was well worth it! A great experience, with lovely staff and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
cavysqueak
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Take a scenic ferry trip across the River Avon to the Waterside gardens by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and recreation grounds. In operation since 1937, and fully rebuilt in 2010 by Avon Boating, 'Malvolio' as it is named has ferried thousands of passengers back and forth over the River Avon. As one of the last remaining hand wound chain ferries in the country you will get to see a unique angle of the river with views downriver to the Holy Trinity Church and upstream to the RST.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Avon Bank Gardens | Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
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+44 1789 260616
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had parked at the Recreation Ground to catch this ferry. A short trip on a characterless vessel. What spoiltv it was the Grumpy Old Man nature of the man operating it. A poor introduction to Stratford Uponm Avon. Needl;ess to sday we walked back...More

Thank Graeme C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

50p each for one crossing and it was well worth it! A great experience, with lovely staff and travelling on a fabulous old boat. The journey itself is quick and smooth. Although there is a footbridge not too far down the river this crossing makes...More

Thank cavysqueak
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent service. Quaint chain ferry for foot passengers. Sometimes includes poets, singers jokes.terrific..quirky

Thank Marita a
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a vey convenient way to complete a round trip walk to see the best of the river. Interesting, convenient and cheap.

Thank EnglandD&B
Reviewed 11 June 2017

This small ferry completes a short circular walk taking in the canal basin and theatre. It cost 50p which is super value.

Thank BoltonLass3
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

Great idea for crossing the river quickly and cheaply. Always lots to see on both sides of the river so save your legs and grab this little ferry otherwise it is a long walk round

Thank Kelly W
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Took a ferry trip for £6 each and it was well worth it, 40 minute boat ride with lots of history and sights great.

Thank Joe E
Reviewed 29 May 2017

We were having a day out in Stratford and strolling through the park we saw the chain ferry that would take us back to the town side. The journey was about 5mins, I know it cannot be easy for the operator but a smile now...More

1  Thank walter_kemp
Reviewed 25 May 2017

50p to go across to the Grave of Shakespeare and the church. Saved a walk and an ice cream van waiting on the other side of the River. Nice little boat suitable for young and old.

Thank 599stella
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Hey you can't beat this at 50p to get across the Avon on the only remaining chain ferry in Britain. Take a ride or simply watch it going backwards and forwards

Thank Jake-from-Liverpool
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