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Address: Avon Bank Gardens | Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Phone Number: +44 1789 260616
Description: 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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Traditional and fun

Whenever we head to Stratford the kids insist on crossing the river on the Chain Ferry. It's been going since time began and I used to love it when I was a kid (not that I'm as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Whenever we head to Stratford the kids insist on crossing the river on the Chain Ferry. It's been going since time began and I used to love it when I was a kid (not that I'm as old as time!!), now I enjoy the pleasure of watching my children beg to be the ones who turn the handle or honk... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

As a small boy I marvelled at this ferry powered by a chain under the river and fifty years later the magic is still there. Great value at 6d in 1965 and still good value at 50p in 2015. Great to use to get from car park to Stratford Theatre.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We often use this chain ferry to cross the river, because its fun, and because we then don't have to walk all the way to the bridge, which is good with small children. Nice and cheap and you get to ride a piece of history.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

For 50p who could miss this?! Friendly 'captain' who let my daughter honk the horn... hop aboard for the shortest sail ever!

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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

For just 50p each, we were transported across the River Avon by this fascinating old chain ferry. The regatta was in progress on the day of our visit and the ferryman had to be quite skilful in picking the right time between races in order to make the crossing. This trip was the highlight of our visit to Stratford.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

What fun the ferry always is. Friendly, enjoyable, brief but cheap! Kids and older all love this little treat.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Waited patiently for the chain ferry to come across. The children loved it. Lots of wildlife on river. Nominal fee. The sun was shining and it was very enjoyable with lots of history being told by the Captain😉

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Well worth 50p of anyone's money. 5 minutes of sitting back watching someone else do the work across the river. Lovely guy very polite and considerate.

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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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
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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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Address: Address: Avon Bank Gardens | Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Phone Number: +44 1789 260616
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Warwickshire  >  Stratford-upon-Avon

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