Bancroft Cruisers Limited

Experience the charm and beauty of historic Shakespeare County with Bancroft Cruisers, Stratford’s only guided sightseeing cruises

A family business operating for over 20 years, we are the only riverboat cruise company on the River Avon to offer our own friendly and amusing onboard guide. We operate 365 days a year, river conditions permitting. Our cruises are popular with people of all ages, locals & tourists alike.

We also specialise in pre-booked trips, corporate events, parties and school groups, and offer discounted rates for schools, colleges and coach companies.

Our boat, The Rita Ellen is an elegant event cruiser with a fully licensed bar and galley. She's ideal for a enjoying a cream tea while sightseeing, as well as for events with buffets, BBQs and Champagne & Canapé receptions. The Rita Ellen is DDA compliant and completely wheelchair accessible.

All our cruises start and finish at the landing stage at Crowne Plaza Stratford-upon-Avon, just a 5-minute walk from Stratford’s main coach and car park.


Crowne Plaza Landing Stage

On the River Avon
Stratford upon Avon
CV37 6YR

Disability Access Information

Car parking – close to boats – no steps from car park Path incline to boat – negligible – no steps Access – Hydraulic lift available – holds 1 wheelchair or walker Lift suitable for bariatric wheelchairs Routes – all accessible with no effect on enjoyment Internal and external doors – width DDA compliant Horizontal circulation Vertical circulation Toilet and washroom facilities – fully accessible. Door width & aids. Signage – DDA compliant Alarms and security systems – not applicable Surfaces – no obstructions Lighting – DDA compliant Crew – trained to assist embarkation & disembarkation

  • Path slope no steeper than 1 in 10
  • Paths wider than 1 metre
  • No steps or barriers
  • Intact compact path surfaces with only slight irregularities, neat edges, drains immediately