Stratford-upon-Avon Canal
Stratford-upon-Avon Canal
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Stretching 25 miles from the Birmingham suburbs to the River Avon in Stratford, this scenic waterway passes through enchanting countryside in the very heart of England, cutting through the Forest of Arden and an area rich in Shakespearean history.
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  • William M
    Glasgow, United Kingdom96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jennifer May
    Exploring stratford I decided to go on a canal trip aboard the Jennifer May, the experience was 40 minutes and well worth it! On board commentary tells the history of the canal, while taking in the surrounding sights. The staff that done my trip were Dino and Adam and they made the experience even better with their humour and knowledge!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Stacy C
    Stafford, United Kingdom62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out!
    An amazing place to visit, there's plenty to do. The area is clean and well maintained. Me and my husband enjoyed a walk along the canal as well as relaxing watching the swans on a bench. There are plenty of shops. A great day out.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 November 2023
  • Sophie L
    Blackpool, United Kingdom97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place
    Amazing and beautiful Has an amazing park Lovely cafes And barges that you can get an ice cream or a drink alcohol or non. The shops are lovely and quaint and Shakespeare birth house attraction is there too. There's a wheel to go on And a lovely canal with wildlife Parking was easy too with a multi storey car park that wasn't expensive The place is very family friendly and dog friendly
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 April 2024
  • Vickimaria
    Rotherham, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trip with fabulous guides
    We did the tour today with Dino and Dan they were brilliant, ensured everyone was involved, comfortable, and could hear. The commentry was very informative, fabulous way to see part of the town, but the guys made it a trip to remember. Thankyou both.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 April 2024
  • Jayne W
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    BRILLIANT
    Weather was a bit miserable so we decided to chance the boat trip. Glad we did Dino and Dan were brilliant. Dino made everyone feel welcome keeping us all entertained involving everyone on board Dan made sure the trip was smooth. Throughly enjoyed would recommend if visiting Jayne
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 April 2024
  • Gary H
    Chorley, United Kingdom145 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a great day.
    Nice boat trip along the canal, was busy due to weather being great. It was a Sunday and the market was on, full of food options atmosphere was great all day with buskers all around the canal. Would highly recommend.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 June 2024
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Eric C
Verwood, UK67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
love the canal and river right at the end of the town centre. Huge grass areas each side to sit and people watch, I call them buskers but there are some very classy singers perform in the park throughout the day. We saw three lads about 16 to 18 doing Michael Bubblie type songs and they were absolutely fantastic. sat for 2 hours listening to them. Nice walks up and down the riverbanks once again watching the day drift by. Watch the canal bots through the locks is worth a few minutes of anyones time. Clean and very tidy.
Written 3 September 2020
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Amy C
Paignton, UK161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
We took a tour up the canal and it was beautiful. Relaxing experience. Great for wildlife spitting. Holy trinity Church can be seen from the water. You can spot Swan and geese nesting grounds also. Watching the long boats operate the locks a little further up was a bonus as well.
Written 23 May 2021
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Jayne W
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Weather was a bit miserable so we decided to chance the boat trip. Glad we did Dino and Dan were brilliant. Dino made everyone feel welcome keeping us all entertained involving everyone on board
Dan made sure the trip was smooth.
Throughly enjoyed would recommend if visiting
Jayne
Written 27 April 2024
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Philip W
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We booked online a canal trip and it couldnt of been easier to do. When we arrived we boarded and sat down in comfortable seats. The music that was played was a mood booster and the commentary was very knowledgeable about the town and history and some times humerous. Our Captain was called Corrie and he didnt sink us or exceed the 3mph speed limit (honestly officer!)
Dino was the on board entertainment officer and he did a fine job!
He made sure that everyone was ok throughout the trip.
Well done to all involved, we really enjoyed our trip thanks to you guys!!
Written 10 August 2022
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Lucky lady
South Wales, UK225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
The area around here is so beautiful, it’s a delight to sit and watch the boats on the water.
Canal boats are able to moor up and it’s a great area to grab a cuppa or ice cream and relax.
There’s plenty of seating and often people around singing to keep you entertained.
The shops and restaurants are a 2 minute walk away.
Bonus - free clean toilets opposite!
Written 4 May 2022
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boxersaregreat
Sutton in Ashfield, UK656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Nice boat trip taken a lovely sunny day. Cost £11 for a 30/40 minute leisurely boat ride. Commentary through . Excellent guy taking money and checking everyone ok. Older guy was very curt when I asked a few questions. Got to see a few famous sights.
Written 22 March 2022
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Richard H
Ipswich, UK16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
This is for the canal , not the river Avon trips which exit from the basin and are beautiful.
The canal stretches north from Stratford through some run down areas which are dirty and litter strewn. Noisy youths on the towpath add to the atmosphere.
Thankfully there are few moorings until you are well out of town when matters improve after the flight of 11 locks.
Stratford itself has suffered a demise in the quality of retail post pandemic with large vacant buildings looking derelict such as the old BHS store complex.
It's a shame that many historic towns have suffered similarly. It's all a bit shoddy.
Best to get through the town and up to Wooton Wawen asap if going north or into the river if going south .
Written 1 July 2022
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Terry B
Southend-on-Sea, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
First thing we saw in the canal basin was the Jennifer May offering 40 minute canal and river trips so we hopped (wife me and little dog). had a short wait listening to some lovely music and then we were off. The commentary was very interesting and clearly audible a d Dino always made sure all passengers were ok and kept us entertained with his antics. A highly recommended way to start a visit to Stratford Waterside.
Written 24 June 2023
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William M
Glasgow, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Exploring stratford I decided to go on a canal trip aboard the Jennifer May, the experience was 40 minutes and well worth it!

On board commentary tells the history of the canal, while taking in the surrounding sights.

The staff that done my trip were Dino and Adam and they made the experience even better with their humour and knowledge!
Written 19 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Gary H
Chorley, UK145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Nice boat trip along the canal, was busy due to weather being great. It was a Sunday and the market was on, full of food options atmosphere was great all day with buskers all around the canal. Would highly recommend.
Written 3 June 2024
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