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River Avon Chain Ferry

Avon Bank Gardens | Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
+44 1789 260616
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A trip back in time

Love going on this when visiting here ideal for where we park the car it was the first time for my... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Christine B
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Cannock, England, United Kingdom
A step back in time...

A quirky little thing that drops in and out of use and saves you from walking the bridges. Just a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nightowl0808
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Lichfield, 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
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+44 1789 260616
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"fifty pence"
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"opposite bank"
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"recreation ground"
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"circular walk"
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"hand crank"
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"minute experience"
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"great fun"
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"piece of history"
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"holy trinity church"
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"lots of history"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Love going on this when visiting here ideal for where we park the car it was the first time for my daughter and she loved it

Thank Christine B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A quirky little thing that drops in and out of use and saves you from walking the bridges. Just a simple tourist attraction operated by a couple of young men on the day of our visit. Fun way over the water for ten minutes, not...More

Thank Nightowl0808
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Okay so its only a ferry but it is unusual and quite fun, and a quirky thing for visitors to the town. Plus it saves a great amount of time trekking to and from the bridges!

Thank Winelover1985
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

Fun short trip across the river and very reasonable. Busy and had to queue but only for 10 minutes as it is the best way to get across and saved walking around.

Thank lesleyriddiford
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Reviewed 12 December 2017

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
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

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.

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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
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Reviewed 3 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
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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
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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
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