Avon Boating - River Avon

Rivers & Canals

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The serenely beautiful waterways of Warwickshire are the perfect way to stop, relax, and simply enjoy the idyllic surroundings at the heart of England. Take a leisurely cruise with Avon Boating – named after the great river which flows through Stratford – and take in the lush green parkland, flower gardens, and weeping willows that line the water.

Of course, there’s more to see in Stratford than the idyllic English greenery, and cruising along the Avon you’ll go past some of Stratford’s – and England’s – most iconic sights, like the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare’s tomb lies.

Common sights throughout Warwickshire are the canal boats which visit the county to cruise the famous ‘Warwickshire ring’, a circuit of canals which takes in Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Birmingham, Coventry, and other areas in the West Midlands, with the decoration of the boats ranging from beautifully quaint to wonderfully quirky. The banks of the canal make the ideal place for an afternoon stroll, a bicycle ride, or a picnic – a perfect change of pace from the vibrancy of Shakespeare’s England’s towns.

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Avon Boating - River Avon

Avon Boating

Established in 1898, 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-upon-Avon. It operates a fleet of classic Edwardian passenger vessels on regular public cruises from the Bancroft Gardens next to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and offers a variety of private cruises for groups. From the old boathouse on the edge of the river bank, it hires out rowing boats, punts, and self-drive motor boats for those wanting to explore the further reaches of the river independently. There are also…

Royal Shakespeare Company

One of the world’s best-known theatre ensembles, the Royal Shakespeare Company performs the works of Shakespeare, his contemporaries and new writing, throughout the year in Stratford-upon-Avon. Showcasing two thrust stage auditoria, the 1,000 seat Royal Shakespeare Theatre and 450 seat Swan Theatre, bring audiences and actors closer together in the best possible setting to experience live theatre. If you don’t have time to see a performance then why not enjoy the stunning views from the Tower, discover theatrical secrets on a Theatre Tour, spend time exploring the award-winning The Play’s The Thing exhibition, relax with a coffee at The Other…