Avon Boating What better way to enjoy the tranquil waters of the River Avon than by boat. For over 100 years the Boathouse has been hiring out small boats and running passenger vessels on the Avon. The river, one of the finest reaches for boating in the country, has remained virtually unchanged in all this time.
The Avon winds gently through the town of Stratford upon Avon, surrounded on both banks by green parkland and flower filled gardens. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Holy Trinity Church, containing Shakespeare's tomb, stand amidst the willow trees reflected in the river's shimmering water. The river flows under two fine old bridges and over the site of an ancient ford around which the town was founded.
Take a trip with Avon Boating and experience the perfect way to relax and enjoy the atmosphere and beautiful scenery of Shakespeare’s England.
Have a relaxing sightseeing experience and enjoy the charm and beauty of historic Shakespeare’s England with Bancroft Cruisers, Stratford’s only guided sightseeing cruises.
Sit back and relax and take in the stunning views of the Warwickshire countryside from the comfort of the wide-beam open cruiser or heated modern cruiser.
From 45-minute, walk-on sightseeing tours to private event charters, Bancroft Cruisers provide the ultimate river cruise experience – complete with expert guides and delicious food and drink.
Canal and River Tours
Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing river cruise on the only sightseeing passenger boat licensed to operate on both the Stratford Canal and River Avon. Take a 45 minute tour which runs regularly through the day at approximate 1 hour intervals. You will be taken from the mooring at Stratford Canal Basin, through the historic lock and down on the river Avon for a sightseeing river cruise.
The Leam Boat Centre
Come and enjoy boating for all the family. The Leam Boat Centre offers a variety of pleasure boating along the River Leam and a fun range of kids and adult canoe & kayak activities.
Located amidst the beautiful Jephson Gardens the centre sits alongside a children's play area and is a short stroll from the botanical glasshouse and riverside restaurant.