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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 onboard guide. We operate 365 days a year, river conditions permitting, and there’s no need to book in advance. Our themed evening cruises are popular with local residents and tourists alike.

We also specialise in pre-booked trips, corporate events, parties and school groups, and offer discounted rates for educational institutions and group travel.

Bancroft operates two boats – the Rita Ellen and the Princess Marina.

The Rita Ellen is an elegant event cruiser with a fully licensed bar and galley. It’s ideal for a enjoying a cream tea while sightseeing, as well as for catered events. The Rita Ellen is DDA compliant and completely wheelchair accessible.

The Princess Marina is a wide-beam open cruiser. It is perfect for sightseeing cruises and coach and school trips.

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

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Holiday Inn 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