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Part of an easy walk around town

Combine this with a walk around the Rec (park), over the tram bridge, through the old town or along... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
A 5 minute experience

A fun thing to do; a 5 minute crossing of the River Avon. The ferryman turns a handle with draws an... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
Mike S
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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...more
Avon Bank Gardens | Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Combine this with a walk around the Rec (park), over the tram bridge, through the old town or along the river by the theatre for an easy summer stroll around Stratford.

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Reviewed 24 October 2018

A fun thing to do; a 5 minute crossing of the River Avon. The ferryman turns a handle with draws an underwater chain through a winch mechanism to move the small ferry across the river. If you are feeling energetic you could have a go!

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 23 October 2018

Quick and easy way to cross the river. Allowed my pet dog to also travel. Regular crossings so very short waiting time

Thank 101doormouse
Reviewed 15 October 2018

I used to live in Warwickshire as a child and well remember the Chain Ferry in Stratford upon Avon, which was a treat (at a penny a crossing) when visiting 'the reck' to play on the swings. So nice to see that it is still...More

Thank Malcolm H
Reviewed 14 October 2018

This would have been great for us on a Saturday afternoon because of our desired route but it was not available. It was a shame as other visitors seemed to be waiting to cross the river and have a short cut to our destinations.

Thank Brisca01
Reviewed 14 October 2018

We didn't actually use it, but it was nice to see it in action and know it is being well used. Had a sit on a bench near as a lovely afternoon and watched all the action. Learn't a bit more about it when we...More

Thank Cecil H
Reviewed 12 October 2018

Loved this novel form of travel., Just hop on and enjoy the short trip. Dogs allowed at no cost. not much more I can add.

Thank Mr B
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Make a point,when visiting Stratford to part with a few pence and take the chain ferry across The Avon.its so nice to see that this is still running as its certainly part of the heritage of this wonderful town!

Thank freddiedoncaster
Reviewed 26 September 2018

Great views of the river, helpful ferryman turning the handle, a very different experience - and all for 50p!

Thank Nigel S
Reviewed 22 September 2018

A strong young man turns the handle that winds the chain that takes the ferry across the river. It's inexpensive and fun.

Thank Rosemary W
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