Gin Cruise on the RIver Avon

River Avon Gin Tasting Cruises

River Avon Gin Tasting Cruises

Gin Cruise on the RIver Avon

Enjoy a 60 minute cruise on the beautiful River Avon through Stratford-upon-Avon. See all the riverside sights including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Holy Trinity Church, Shakespeare’s burial place, while enjoying a tutored tasting of the craft gins produced by the award winning Shakespeare Distillery, finishing with a glass of Gin & Tonic to toast your captain & crew.

We are partnering with Avon Boating to offer Gin tasting cruises which will take place at 6.30pm on selected weekend dates each month from July – October.

We will carry out a short talk on Gin whilst providing a tasting of our 3 spirits, as the boat cruises upstream during the first half of the cruise. At the end of the tasting, guests will enjoy a Stratford Gin & Tonic (25ml single measure) whilst taking in the remainder of the cruise, passing under the bridge and downstream taking in the RSC and church, before returning back to their Boathouse on Swan’s Nest Lane.


Approx. 60 mins, starting at 6.30pm.
October cruises start at 6pm due to earlier sunset times.

2021 dates:

3 July
17 July
31 July
14 August
28 August
11 September
22 September
9 October. (6pm start)

COVID-19 Update (16/3/21):

We have added July - October dates for 2021 on the basis that the government's lockdown relaxation and vaccination programme progresses as planned, and hits step 4 on or around 21 June. 


If you are a private group or business looking to book your very own Gin Cruise, please email us at [email protected]

The experience includes:

  • Stratford Gin and Tonic to drink, in a souvenir tumbler glass for you to take home *
  • Guided tasting of 3 Shakespeare Distillery gin samples
  • 60 minute River Avon cruise

* Designated drivers may take home a Stratford Gin miniature in place of the Gin & Tonic in the souvenir tumbler glass.


£22.50 for adults only (18+)

Gift Vouchers - To purchase printed Gift Vouchers please visit our online shop here.

We also offer distillery tours, for information on this click here.

We look forward to welcoming you on-board.

Avon BoatingAvon Boating  also offer the original 30 Minute River Cruise on their famous fleet of Edwardian vessels. For over 100 years they have been hiring out small boats from the Boathouse and running passenger vessels on the Avon. The river, one of the finest reaches for boating in the country, has remained virtually unchanged in all this time. It is still a real delight, a pleasure to be out on its peaceful waters. Come and relax and enjoy it with us.


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