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River Avon Chain Ferry

Avon Bank Gardens | Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
+44 1789 260616
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Not in operation in winter

The River Avon Chain Ferry is under repair, but the site is well signed and all around are... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ronnie S
Strathdon, United Kingdom
A wonderful step back in time

Great for taking photos of Holy Trinity Church but be quick as you will over the river in a trice... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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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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Avon Bank Gardens | Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
+44 1789 260616
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The River Avon Chain Ferry is under repair, but the site is well signed and all around are attractive views and it is a pleasant walk.

Thank Ronnie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great for taking photos of Holy Trinity Church but be quick as you will over the river in a trice. Unique experience worth doing for 50p.

Thank ChoosySuzey
Reviewed 8 November 2017

there seems to be no set time for the Chain ferry to run! You can cross one way then find it is closed for your return trip . It IS a great time saver IF you can find it running , but if it not...More

Thank Norma B
Reviewed 4 November 2017

In a beautiful setting on the Avon a stonees through from the Royal Shakepeare Theatre you'll find this grand vessel. A hand-driven chain ferry which does the journey across the river in a couple of minutes! Hadn't planned the visit but enjoyed it!

Thank Randal M
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

This is a fun and leisurely way to cross the Avon. 50p is the cost for what is, admittedly, a very short trip. I did feel a little bit sorry for the poor driver who has to manually crank the chain mechanism for hour after...More

Thank Howi58
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This made a fascinating way to cross the river & made a change from using one of the bridges! The small charge incurred is worth it for the novelty of the crossing.

Thank LizUren
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

A walk along the river, a 50p ferry ride to the opposite bank, into the dirty duck, a pint of pig's ear. Job done.

Thank shaun t
Reviewed 24 September 2017

For 50p (yes 50p) you get ferried from one side of the river to the other. It's only a short distance but it's the sense of tradition and history that is priceless.

Thank G1naM
Reviewed 16 September 2017

I literally stumbled upon this relic and for 50p I was all in. You are ferried from one side of the Avon to the other. For 50p you gotta go.

Thank Mike N
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Having walked about a mile or two on the excellent bankside paths on both sides of the R.Avon I just had to get on this little Chain Ferry which takes you across. I got in from the opposite bank and it lands you near the...More

Thank SilverNomad04
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Kath S
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