"The river" River Avon & Canal Tip by YPie

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by YPie
 
 

Shakespeare is what people come to Stratford for. But what I like more than all that stuff is the river, it's my favourite part of town.

On the town side of the river you have the Bancroft Gardens and canal basin. The brightly coloured canal boats always make a good picture, and there are often craft stalls for you to browse, and street performers like fire eaters/jugglers to entertain you. Around here is Cox's Yard which gives you a chance to sit and have a drink overlooking the river. If you walk along the north bank of the river, go past the RST and Swan Theatre and you get into the RSC gardes. These are less crowded and far more sedate. Here you can find the Brass Rubbing Centre (spent many happy hours here as a kid) and the chain ferry). finally you get to Holy Trinity Church (which is worthy of a separate tip).

On the other side of he river you have the Rec which is more open and park like, with mini golf, boat houses etc. There are a couple of places to hire rowing boats (or motor boats if you're feeling lazy) as well as organised boat trips up and down the river.

If you want a nice shot of Holy Trinity Church I'd advise you to walk down the south bank of the river, as there are fewer trees to get in the way!

Address: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Directions: Start on Waterside or Bridgefoot and explore.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 30, 2004
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