Public River Cruises

Enjoy a cruise aboard one of our traditional Edwardian passenger launches. Cruise downstream past the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Holy Trinity Church (the site of Shakespeare’s tomb) and upstream passing under the 15th Century Clopton Bridge. Once through the bridge, the scenery changes as we discover peaceful river-banks and meadows with glimpses of large secluded houses and beautiful river-side gardens.

Included on our 40 minute river cruises is a digital audio guide for your use, free of charge.  It will give you information of the famous sights along the river along, and is available in five languages. English, French, Spanish, Italian and German.  See the crew onboard the boat for further information.


  • From the Bancroft gardens next to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
  • Every day from March to October
  • Trips depart approximately every 20-30 minutes
  • Public cruises will be operating up to Sunday 3rd November 2019


A limited number of seats are reserved for advanced bookings, the rest are available for those who turn up on the day and hop aboard the boat.

Boats start boarding 20 minutes before their departure time. If you miss your boat, the booking will be honoured on the next departure.

Please arrive in good time for your trip as we cannot guarantee your seat when it is busy.

For more details about advance booking, please refer to our Passenger Boat ~ Terms & Conditions.


  • Adults: £7.00
  • Concessions (over 65s): £6.00
  • Children (under 16s): £5.00
  • Family £22.00 (2 Adults and up to 3 Children)