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“Beautiful place.”

River Avon Chain Ferry
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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.
Essex
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134 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Beautiful place.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 this too) and free.

Visited May 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Chain Ferry”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 :-)

Visited May 2013
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Banbury, England, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Just have to go across on this wonderful ferry”
5 of 5 bubbles 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

Visited July 2012
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Hull, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Chain Ferry”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited October 2012
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South Wales
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89 attraction reviews
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“Not exactly the Mersey !”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 different and well worth the money !

Visited October 2012
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