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Address: Swans Nest Lane | Swan's Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS, England
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+44 1789 267073
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09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
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Avon boating is one of England's oldest and largest traditional boating...

Avon boating is one of England's oldest and largest traditional boating companies, offering boats for hire on one of the finest rivers in the country, the Avon at Stratford.

We operate a fleet of classic Edwardian passenger vessels on regular public cruises from the Bancroft Gardens next to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre now with personal digital audio guides, and offer a variety of private cruises for groups.

From our Boathouse on the edge of the river bank, we hire outs rowing boats, punts, canoes and self-drive motor boats for those wanting to explore the further reaches of the river.

Also available to hire is one worlds most romantic forms of water transport, the gondola. This elegant boat is extra special as not only was it built back in 1909, making it one the oldest gondolas available in the world, it also belonged to Marie Corelli who was the worlds most popular writer of that time.

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Great fun on a lovely day out, perfect in perfect weather.

We hired a motor boat, this was a very relaxing way to take in the scenery and enjoy the surroundings. The experience was great and we all enjoyed as a party of 3. The boat is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 January 2017
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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great fun on a sunny day and is very relaxing. It is also cheap and the loading bay is near the RSC theater.

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Wales
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We hired a motor boat, this was a very relaxing way to take in the scenery and enjoy the surroundings. The experience was great and we all enjoyed as a party of 3. The boat is very easy to drive and steer. I would recommend this if your in the area its well worth the money.

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Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

The best and only way to see the river in its entity. Made more interesting with the commentary. Great crew

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Coventry, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Staff were helpfull was a lovely experience at low cost would recommend for a great family day out emma of cov

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Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

My wife and I had a pleasant trip in the Avon. A very peaceful and relaxing 45 minutes. A digital commentary was available which was informative. However,a live commentary by one of the boating staff would have been better-like they do on the punts in Cambridge. No criticism though,it was well worth the money.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We went on the trip which was one of the two cruise long boats which had both a inside & outside area,The mooring area is at the side of the RSC. They have single and family tickets with the trip lasting about 40 mins. You are given a recorded device and you press the corresponding number as you reach the... More 

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Hobart, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Really accommodating and helpful crew - allowing us to have the boat for 4 Hours from when the crew left us at the first lock, as opposed to when we got there. Lovely crowd - & fun way to spend the morning/afternoon.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Four of us in the boat. (rowing) Fantastic fun and a lot of laughs trying to keep in a straight line.

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Thank Sidney B
Daventry, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The service was great and the experience was fantastic. A lovely birthday treat for my husband and the beautiful weather made it even better. An absolute bargain at £12 and will definitely do it again.

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

I organise this for my stepmother's 70th birthday it was a wonderful lunchtime cruise there was a leisurely pace and the information about the sites of Stratford was just right I noticed that Les able bodied people were treated with Greg and dignity and I couldn't recommend it more highly

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