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River Avon Chain Ferry

Address: Avon Bank Gardens | Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Phone Number: +44 1789 260616
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Type: Ferries/ Boats, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: 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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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

50p per person for a short trip across the river may seem expensive, but it was worth it. The passenger chain ferry is a little bit of history and provides the opportunity to be out on the river along with all the other boats. It,of course, also enables a circular walk from the public car park to be completed.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Used chain ferry which is 77 years old to travel from one side of river to the other. Only takes a few minutes but got into conversation very quickly with lady sitting next to me. Stratford is the kind of place where everyone wants to share experiences and views.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
42 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We crossed to complete a circular walk, locals I imagine use it as a short cut to the Recreation Ground, but why not do it just to experience a little piece of history. Passage will only take a couple of minutes. Glance up and down river for the views and enjoy watching the friendly ferryman wind away to get you... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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382 reviews 382 reviews
249 attraction reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

As we were doing the five Shakespeare's houses as we walked back to the car park we decided to take the chain ferry across the River Avon .On a busy summer Sunday the queue was quite short ,a young friendly man was operating the ferry he was polite and helpful The cost of 50 p is reasonable but not for... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

What a grumpy old man runs the ferry , spoilt a lovely day out for the £2.50 wish I had walk around !!!

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Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
75 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We went for a boat ride along the river Avon and it was really lovely and relaxing. About £16 for a family of 4 for a 45 min ride which we felt was about right. We all enjoyed it, scenery is very pretty and was nice to just sit back and relax. Walks along the river are also enjoyable (did... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

This is a must, real fun and children seemed to love it too. Its a great way to hop across the river from a lovely park and only 50p :-)

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Banbury, England, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

for just a few pence it is worth crossing to the other side of the river just to experience the chain ferry quite often you have to que in the summer months but once you reach the other side of the river so nice places to relax

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Hull, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Great fun, brilliant value! A must do on a sunny day! A great shortcut across the Avon. Visit the park opposite.

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South Wales
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129 reviews 129 reviews
55 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

You get about a minute's ride for 50p ! However, that's because the Avon's only about 15m wide where the ferry crosses. It runs from near the bowling green to the church side of the theatre and is a nice way of crossing the river for a 50m or so walk to Holy Trinity Church or to the RSC. It's... More

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