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Address: Holiday Inn Stratford | Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YR, England
Phone Number: +44 1789 269669
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Description: The best 45 minute sightseeing cruise in Stratford upon Avon!! We offer...
The best 45 minute sightseeing cruise in Stratford upon Avon!! We offer excellent sightseeing cruises and we're the only company to have a boat with a licensed bar, wonderful cream teas and a Live commentary by our own on-board guides. Our guides share the history - and the amusing unknown history - of Stratford & Shakespeare during your cruise. We're a family business that operate 365 days a year, river conditions permitting. We can also cater for private parties - birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, schools & coach groups - we do just about everything! Our ghost themed evening cruises are popular with local residents and tourists alike. If you'd like to know more please call or drop us an email.
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Trip on the Avon

We had a great little trip with Bancroft Cruises on 22 April 2015. We were able to park at the public car park right next to the Hilton hotel which is where the boat goes from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We had a great little trip with Bancroft Cruises on 22 April 2015. We were able to park at the public car park right next to the Hilton hotel which is where the boat goes from, the boat arrived bang on time and we quickly boarded.the weather was great which I suppose helped, we were given a short safety drill... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Just had the most pleasant and interesting trip on the River Avon. Our tour guide was funny, interesting and knowledgeable. Would recommend this to anyone also lovely pot of coffee in China pot. Well done

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

A cream tea cruise down the river Avon. Sounds pretty perfect. Add to that wonderful hosts, bespoke music and decorations and you've got a great party! I arranged this for a friend's hen party and it could not have worked out better. Being able to personalise the experience by adding your own music and choice of decorations was invaluable. Fiona... More 

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Fiona R, Owner at Bancroft Cruisers, responded to this review

Hi Emma, We're so glad you enjoyed your cruise. It was lovely to meet you all and I hope that the rest of your day was fab! I've posted photos for you on Flickr. Please let us know if you'd like prints. PS - we do baby showers as well as hen parties ;) Fiona Bancroft Cruisers Stratford upon Avon More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We had a day out in Stratford upon Avon today with 3 children, ranging from 2 years old to 16 years old. Last night I had a quick look at what we could do in Stratford and I found this sightseeing boat trip and very glad I did! On our way over we gave them a quick ring to check... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The Rita Ellen was hired for a 2 hour cruise for the bride to be's surprise nautical themed hen. Fiona kept in touch in the months leading up to the hen to make sure every detail was planned, even down to the layout of the tables! Prosecco on arrival, followed by 2 hours of tunes being played from our iPod... More 

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Worcester
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Being a tourist honey pot Stratford upon Avon charges a little more than other riverside towns on the Avon for its hospitality (e.g. Evesham) but at £5.50 this trip has to be excellent value for money. Saturday 7 Feb was cold and the mooring frozen over but a cold February day proved to be a great way of avoiding the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Booked a charter river cruise January 17th for a combined Stag and Hen (Stens and Hags) weekend on the Rita Ellen and although we weren't able to do the journey we originally had scheduled due to heavy rain in the week Fiona made every effort to make sure that we were still able to enjoy a cruise up river. It... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Despite the freezing ice the boat was nice and warm. We were greeted by our friendly guide who had great knowledge and gave his own slant on Shakespeare and Stratford's history. The kids found the gruesome details of history great and attentively listened to the guide.

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Fiona R, Owner at Bancroft Cruisers, responded to this review

Hi Stephanie G, Many thanks for your lovely review! I'm pleased you enjoyed your cruise and mulled wine and mince pies. It was really cold that day but the frost looked beautiful on the trees along the riverbank . I'll pass your comments to Romeo. Hope to see you in the New Year. Best wishes, Fiona Rae Director Bancroft Cruisers More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

A lovely cruise on the Avon with a very knowledgable guide and friendly helpful crew. We had mulled wine and delicious mincepies as it was near Christmas. Our charming guide, Romeo, was full of interesting local information.

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Fiona R, Owner at Bancroft Cruisers, responded to this review

Hello 35Best, Many thanks for your great review. It's lovely to be able to cruise on the River Avon even in the winter! I'll pass it on to Romeo - and our wonderful bakers. Hope to see you again in the summer for a Pimms Cruise. Best wishes, Fiona Director Bancroft Cruisers Stratford upon Avon 01789 269669 More 

North Wales, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

We booked this cruise on line and then there was a mix up when we got there with the booking, however the staff were so helpful and sorted us out another cruise, treated us like royalty and upgraded from a cream tea to a Champagne cream tea. They even sang happy birthday to me, staff really made this an amazing... More 

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