Bancroft Gardens &
The park in front of the famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre is the Bancroft Gardens.
The Gardens are bordered by the town of Stratford on the west, the theatre on the south, the River Avon on the east and the Stratford Canal Basin and Bridgefoot on the north.
Bancroft Park has in excess of 2.5 million visitors a year. They are attracted there by the beautiful floral gardens, the open air entertainers and the chance to just relax and take in the passing parade in pleasant surroundings.
Quaint tourist boats & swans
A stroll along the bank of the River Avon towards the Clopton Bridge allows the visitor to view the ever present swans or maybe take a river boat trip in the quaint tourist boats that seem to inhabit this part of the river.
Canal Basin and narrow boats
Also on view in the Canal Basin are the narrow boats, some for hire, some passing through and even a ‘restaurant’ narrow boat. There are also barges in the Stratford upon Avon Canal Basin offering ice creams to soothe the parched throat, and even a boat selling paintings of local scenes.
If you are lucky, you may see a narrow boat locking through to the River Avon from the Canal Basin.
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Statue of Shakespeare
On the north side of the Basin is the splendid Gower Memorial which was presented to Stratford in 1888. The centrepiece is a large sculpture of William Shakespeare atop a column. He is sitting in a chair obviously busy thinking about his work.
He is surrounded by smaller sculptures of the Shakespearean characters of Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, Falstaff and Prince Hal.
There is also the Country Artists stainless steel and brass commemorative fountain which was made in 1996 for the 800th anniversary celebration of the granting of the Charter for Market Rights by King Richard I (Richard the Lionheart).
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