We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

River Avon Chain Ferry

Avon Bank Gardens | Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
+44 1789 260616
Improve this listing
Type: Ferries/ Boats
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... more » 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. « less
Write a Review

33 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    16
    15
    0
    0
    2
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Chippenham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manchester, United Kingdom
Contributor
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Worcester, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
42 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Coventry, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
379 reviews 379 reviews
247 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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 !!!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Essex
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
75 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bristol, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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 :-)

Was this review helpful? Yes
Banbury, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hull, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
South Wales
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
34 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed River Avon Chain Ferry also viewed

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
 
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
 

Been to River Avon Chain Ferry? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Do you own or manage River Avon Chain Ferry?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing