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  • Cream Tea Bancroft Cruises
  • Wedding Reception Bancroft Cruises


A daily sightseeing cruise in Stratford-upon-Avon with a bar, cream teas and live commentary

Experience the charm and beauty of historic Shakespeare England with Bancroft Cruisers, Stratford-upon-Avon's only guided sightseeing river cruise with a live commentary.

From 45 minute walk-on cruises, to private charters, Bsncroft Cruisers provides the ultimate river experience complete with expert guides and delicious food.

All their day cruises operate 365 days a year – river conditions permitting – and start and finish at the landing stage from the Holiday Inn Stratford-upon-Avon, just a 5-minute walk from Stratford’s main coach and car park.

Price: Adult £5.50, child £4 (5-15)

Useful Information


By road

Departure point from the landing stage at Holiday Inn Stratford-upon-Avon is a 5 minute walk from car parks close to the river Avon.

By rail

Departure point is a 15 minute walk from Stratford-upon-Avon main station.

Head into town to Bridge Street and towards the Holiday Inn where you will find Bancroft Cruises are nearby.

By taxi

Taxis can be picked up from the train station or in town. 

Admission prices 

Visit for further information

Contact us for a quote on a private catered charter

Operating times (Weather permitting)

Summer: 10.30am – 5.30pm every 30 minutes

Winter: 10.30am – 4.40pm

School or Coach Groups

Workstations for school groups and tailored quizzes and commentaries are available upon prior arrangement. All year all times available by prior arrangement / weather permitting.

Special events

Monthly Ghost Cruises & Supper Cruises with Ghost Walk -  in partnership with Stratford Town Walk


Facilities include...

Food and Drink 

On the Rita Ellen Events Cruiser the following is available:

Full bar available daily

Tea, coffee and cakes daily

Cream Teas daily

Fish & Chips Group lunches


Champagne Receptions


Private Charter Buffets and hot dining options

Children’s parties

 Seasonal Mulled Wine & Mince pies (locally baked) daily during winter months

*Special offer* Buy one Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea and get the second one half price!

Access information

Fully accessible

Bancroft Cruisers Accessibility Statement:

Car parking – close to boats – no steps from car park

Path incline to boat – negligible – no steps

Hydraulic lift available – holds one wheelchair or walker

Lift suitable for bariatric wheelchairs

Routes – all accessible with no effect on enjoyment

Internal and external doors – width DDA compliant

Horizontal circulation / vertical circulation

Toilet and washroom facilities are fully accessible




A unique experience on the river

Conferences and meetings

The Rita Ellen can be booked for up to 30 delegates/guests for

Networking sessions

Team building events

Staff presentations

VIP Cruises

Product launches

Facilities in packages include 13amps 240v power, screen & projector for hire, amplifier & microphone and hospitality

Wedding receptions (No wedding licence)

Bespoke cruises

Champagne & canapés reception

Pick up from Holy Trinity Church / RSC & cruise along the river and then drop off 

Fresh flowers & decorations

Photography service