A bit about us

Visit Bancroft Cruisers for friendly tour guides, a relaxing atmosphere and a complete range of cruise packages. We have a lift for guests in wheelchairs too…

The best sightseeing cruises in Stratford upon Avon! Funny & informative crew perform a live commentary. Full bar and wonderful cream teas on board. And just in case the weather’s chilly we have heating on The Rita Ellen! The Rita Ellen has a lift for bringing wheelchairs into cabin and also wheelchair friendly toilet facilities.

A family business operating for over 20 years, we are the only riverboat cruise company on the River Avon to offer our own onboard guide. We’re very popular with local visitors and tourists alike.

The Rita Ellen mid cruise

Cruise past the Royal Shakespeare Theare

We also specialise in pre-booked trips, corporate events, parties and school groups, and offer discounted rates for educational trips and group travel.

Our lovely vessel, The Rita Ellen, is an elegant event cruiser with a fully licensed bar and galley. She is ideal for a enjoying a cream tea while relaxing on a sightseeing cruise and also very popular for holding a party to celebrate a wedding, anniversary, birthday or hen party! We have fantastic caterers and ensure your cruise is a success.

Your cruise starts and finishes at the landing stage at the Holiday Inn Stratford-upon-Avon, just a 5-minute walk from Stratford’s main coach and car park. Parking can be arranged at the Crowne Plaza hotel.

People we like and think you’d like too:

Go Cotswolds Unique! Go Cotswolds is the only tour operator offering scheduled, guided minibus day trips of the Cotswolds from Stratford-upon-Avon. Tom and his team visit some of the most picturesque Cotswolds towns, villages and beauty spots in the area and come highly rated on TripAdvisor! Go Cotswold also run speciality tours (including Brewery & Pub tours – hic!) and private hire.

Marina Cafe & Bistro – Really lovely people,  2 minutes walk from us, great marina view & fantastic affordable freshly prepared food.  And excellent Tripadvisor reviews too. So cruise and then pop to Marina Bistro for lunch or supper.

Stratford Town Walk – An award-winning walk around Stratford’s historic streets.  Excellent guides and excellent value. Walks run (hop) 365 days a year – they’re committed! Town walk team give discount cruise vouchers too.

Loxley’s Restaurant & Wine Bar – More really lovely people,  gorgeous food and great wine in a original Elizabethan surroundings – 10 minutes walk from us.  Excellent Tripadvisor reviews.

Manor Cottages – With over 25 years of experience, the Manor Cottages team will help you find the right Cotswold Cottage for your holiday or short break. Manor Cottages offer the widest selection of personally inspected, self catering holiday cottages in the Cotswolds and Bath. Check them out!

El Greco A super family-owned independent restaurant – excellent menu, great service and atmosphere. They cater for large groups so excellent choice if you’re organising a hen party or family gathering.

Blueberry Hill Patisserie – why do we only know lovely people? And these very creative stars make our wonderful scones and mince pies.

Stratford upon Avon Holiday Park   – On the banks of the beautiful River Avon, flanked by Weeping Willows is Avon Estates Ltd, a complex of holiday parks tastefully laid out to take full advantage of this superb location. On the complex a superb new Riverside Clubhouse is opening in March 2014.

Visitor Information Centre – the one-stop shop for visitor information – friendly & informative team & booking centre for our Sightseeing tours.