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 to the public in 2020! These cruises will take place at 6pm on selected weekend dates each month from April – September.

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

2020 dates:

11 April - deferred due to Coronavirus
25 April - deferred due to Coronavirus
9 May - deferred due to Coronavirus
23 May - deferred due to Coronavirus
6 June - deferred due to Coronavirus
20 June - deferred due to Coronavirus
3 July (Friday) - deferred due to Coronavirus
18 July - deferred due to Coronavirus
1 August - deferred due to Coronavirus
15 August - deferred due to Coronavirus
29 August - deferred due to Coronavirus
12 September - deferred due to Coronavirus
26 September - deferred due to Coronavirus

COVID-19 Update (15/8/20):

We have been informed by our partner Avon Boating who operate the fleet of river cruisers, that they have yet to be given the green light to operate public river cruises of this type by the government. 

Whereas face coverings are not required in a bar or restaurant, government and UK Marine Industry guidelines dictate that face coverings must currently be worn on passenger vessels like Titania, which are foremost passenger transport rather than floating bars or restaurants.

It is with regret therefore that we will have to defer our 2020 outings of our Gin Tasting Cruise until a later date. We will update with 2021 dates as soon as we are able.

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 offer the original 40 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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