Parking & Getting Around
Parking in Stratford-upon-Avon
There are a variety of carparks situated within walking distance of the town centre. For the full list and most up to date prices please visit the Town Council website.
For Blue Badge Holders (and holders of any other official disabled parking permits) and motorcycles, parking is free in all District Council car parks except Bridgefoot and Unicorn Meadow parks.
In an on-street parking bay, Badge Holders may park for free and for as long as they need to, unless there is a traffic sign specifying a time limit for disabled badge holders or the traffic sign states that the bay is for a specific use only. For example taxi rank or residents parking.
For full details on disabled parking visit the disabled parking section of the Town Council Website.
Park and Ride
The Stratford Park and Ride can be a great solution to parking in Stratford-upon-Avon. Some advantages of the Park and Ride include: Parking all day prices from £2.20, Buses every 10-15 minutes direct to Stratford town centre and attractions and a fully secure site with CCTV and supervisors always on site. It is advisable to check the current pricing and information about the Park and Ride before your trip.
Getting around Stratford
The easiest way to get around the picturesque town of Stratford-upon-Avon is using your legs to take you in and out of the cobbled streets and find all the hidden gems. There are walking guides running through Stratford regularly. Find out more about the Stratford Town Walk.
If you are looking for a slightly quicker way to see as much as Stratford-upon-Avon can offer, you can use one of the Sightseeing Open Air Buses. These buses will take you through the sights, and on a sunny day in the open air you can soak up the atmosphere of the bards town.
Get your river legs!
Stratford-upon-Avon is the ideal place to get your river legs. You can hire rowing Boats, canoes, outboard motor boats and other vessels to enjoy the avon.
"The Avon winds gently through the town, surrounded on both banks by green parkland and flower filled gardens. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Holy Trinity Church, containing Shakespeare's tomb, stand amidst the willow trees reflected in the river's shimmering water."Avon Boating offer the following:
- Rowing Boats / Outboard Motor Boats
- Pleasure Punts and Canoes
- Watermen can be hired if required
- Private Charter of Passenger Boats
- Hire of our exclusive Venetian Gondola
- Special Packages with top local pubs and restaurants for small or large groups
"Bancroft Cruisers is a privately owned family business, situated on the beautiful River Avon at The Holiday Inn Hotel in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon, near to the historic Clopton Bridge. We are the only river cruise company on the River Avon, to offer 45 minute River Cruises with our own on-board crew guide. We also specialise in pre-booked trips, corporate services and school parties".
Bancroft Cruisers offer 45 or 60 minute luxury cruises on a 'walk-on' basis, they also offer a range of group booking options and a cream-tea cruise on the "Rita-Ellen".
Other ways of getting around
- Stagecoach and Johnson Bus & Coach Tours run buses around Stratford and the surrounding area regularly.
- The Shakespeare Express train service operates between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham Snow Hill.
- Stratford Bike Hire lets you make your own way around Stratford and get between attractions quickly.