Small Boat Hire

  • Rowing Boats...
  • Outboard Motor Boats...
  • Pleasure Punts and Canoes...

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River Cruises 

  • Private Charter of Passenger Boats...
  • Hire of our exclusive Venetian Gondola...
  • Special packages with top local restaurants
    and pubs for small or large groups...

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The River Avon at Stratford

The Avon winds gently through the town, surrounded on both banks by green parkland and flower filled gardens. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Holy Trinity Church, containing Shakespeare's tomb, stand amidst the willow trees reflected in the river's shimmering water. The river flows under two fine old bridges and over the site of an ancient ford around which the town was founded. The ford gave the town its name (street–ford) but Stratford's endearing charm is to be 'upon-Avon'.

The Boathouse, Boat Hire and River Cruises

The river naturally draws people down to its grassy banks, and what better way to enjoy its tranquil waters than by boat. For over 100 years the Boathouse has been hiring out small boats and running passenger vessels on the Avon. The river, one of the finest reaches for boating in the country, has remained virtually unchanged in all this time. It is still a real delight, a pleasure to be out on its peaceful waters. Come and relax and enjoy it with us.

"...the sweetest and most heart-valued of all the rivers of England; Shakespeare's softly flowing Avon."
Marie Corelli 1903