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Stratford upon Avon

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Planning your visit

Address: Swan's Nest Lane, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6BB

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Toilets: There are public toilets in the town centre

Bancroft Basin, on the Stratford upon Avon Canal, lies in the heart of historic Stratford. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and the River Avon, it's easy to miss this hidden gem. The basin is busy with colourful boats and is a great place to start your visit to Stratford and the many attractions devoted to William Shakespeare.

Great for

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Sightseeing
  • River cruises


Royal Shakespeare Company, Bancroft Gardens, Stratford Butterfly Farm, lots of attractions about William Shakespeare in the town

Spot a boat

You'll see lots of boats year round but especially in the summer months


  • Town centre

    Lots of pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants in the town centre

  • Countess of Evesham

    Restaurant boat

  • Encore

    Pub with seasonal dishes

Boat trips

  • Avon Boating

  • Bancroft Cruisers Limited

    Boat trips - public, Boat trips - charter, Boat trips - education / community, Boat trips - restaurant

Picnic spot

Picnic spots can be found along the riverside and in Bancroft Gardens


You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks
  • Coots/Moorhens


Pay & display car parking is available along the riverside and in the town centre

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