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Discover the Best Boat Trips in Stratford Upon Avon | Billesley Manor Hotel and Spa

Discover the Best Boat Trips in Stratford Upon Avon | Billesley Manor Hotel and Spa

Relax and enjoy a boat trip in the Cotswolds this summer. From small family cruises to romantic boat trips for two, this summer activity is perfect for taking in stunning scenery while feeling the sun on your face and a gentle breeze as you sail along the River Avon. Our blog lists our top 5 Stratford-Upon-Avon boat trips for your perfect solo day trip or an extended family getaway.

Canal and River Tours | Stratford-Upon-Avon Boat Trips

If you’re visiting Billesley Manor for the day, the dock is just a minute's drive away. Here, board a boat that passes through the sights of Stratford-Upon-Avon

Canal and River Tours depart hourly from 11 a.m. every day. Simply turn up on the day - this cruise lasts approximately 40 minutes, and there’s no need to book in advance and the boat can hold up to 60 passengers!

Cruise along the river, enjoying views of the beautiful towns and buildings while listening to live commentary from a professional guide.

Bancroft River Cruises | Stratford-Upon-Avon Boat Trips

If you’re looking for a more romantic and luxurious cruise experience, Bancroft River Cruises offers private functions for smaller groups to celebrate special occasions.


Bancroft River Cruises is the perfect choice for a luxurious cruise experience. They offer private functions for smaller groups, making them ideal for special occasions.

And the best part? Your furry friends are welcome onboard this river cruise! Depending on your preferences, the trip can last one to five hours, with expert guides and a delectable food menu. So, sit back, relax, and soak in the stunning countryside views as you learn more about the local area.

Avon Boating | Stratford-Upon-Avon Boat Trips

Take one of the Stratford-Upon-Avon boat trips for a very British day out before returning to Billesley for afternoon tea

Avon Boating provides several different options to suit any occasion — choose from:

  • Rowing Boat Hire;
  • Motor Boat Hire;
  • Electric Launch Hire;
  • Self Drive Punts;
  • Big Canoe;
  • Wheely Boat.

Enjoy the natural wildlife along the grassy banks before driving 15 minutes back to the comfort of our grounds for a delicious feast.

The Stratford Chain Ferry 

Avon Boating currently runs the chain ferry, a manually operated pedestrian ferry. The District Council owns the ferry, which offers direct access to the Waterside and Malvolio.

The ferry began operating in 1937 and had become a popular mode of transport by 2006. Today, the ferry runs daily from March to October and is a functional link for visitors and locals.

The Countess of Evesham | Stratford-Upon-Avon Boat Trips

To truly immerse yourself in the beauty of Warwickshire, take a trip to The Countess of Evesham.

The tour consists of a 70ft restaurant cruiser that runs day and night. During daylight hours, enjoy the tranquil flow of the river as you take in spectacular views of the Cotswolds.

At nighttime, the cruiser lights up the River Avon, providing the ultimate romantic dining experience for two and the perfect way to end your visit to Stratford.

If you’d like to learn more about Stratford-Upon-Avon boat trips, book your stay, and begin planning your trip, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Alternatively, why not check out our recent blog and discover our half-term breaks?


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