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River Avon Chain Ferry

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Address: Avon Bank Gardens | Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
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+44 1789 260616
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Take a scenic ferry trip across the River Avon to the Waterside gardens by...

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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Great way to save time

Had just had a long walk along the river bank and needed to get to the other side of the river, the ferry saved me a 15 minute walk either way to the bridge.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had just had a long walk along the river bank and needed to get to the other side of the river, the ferry saved me a 15 minute walk either way to the bridge.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

A short crossing and not essential as the walk around is not very far. But it's nice to get on the water and see the hand operated chain system that gets you across. Only 50p.

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Thank Peter I
Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

this is a real experience, you must do this when yoiu visit Stratford, not every town has one of these!!

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Thank BigGirtl
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

An age-old Stratford feature that is not only useful but quirky and fun too. The ferry boat is attached to a chain so that the boatman, for a very small fee, can wind you back and forth across the Avon between the town and the meadows opposite. Use it and the Tramway Bridge upstream to make a superbly scenic circular... More 

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Thank BruceCox
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I have always loved this little chain ferry, and it really is the quickest way to cross the river - cheap too!

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Thank Siân M
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

went on this quirky ferry across the Avon. Powered by a human being. The 'captain' was a student . Very chatty and pleasant. Only 50p to cross. Fun

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

You have got to do this best fifty pence ever the waters not deep and it's very sturdy go across then walk back to town

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Thank Am M
Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

A chain ferry I hear you cry. What's that?? Well it's a boat that crosses the river by way of a hand crank that is turned whilst you sit. Now be warned it doesn't take that long and it's not really the Dover to Calais crossing but for 50p it's worth a visit.

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Thank DamienJordan72
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

As this is the only remaining chain ferry in the U.K. it was a privilege to ride on it.The man who operates this ferry was very knowledgable and even took a photo of myself with my partner.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

can't beat the 50p price per person to have a short trip across the Avon. Claims to be last working chain ferry and worth it.

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