This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services available to our visitors.
The public Town Walks and Ghost Walks start from the Swan Fountain. It is a water fountain with 2 silver swans, situated on the edge of the Bancroft Gardens, close to the junction of Waterside and Sheep Street. It is approximately 100 yards in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
The Town Walk is a guided walking tour around the streets of Stratford, wheelchair friendly and suitable for everyone. The duration is around 2hrs. It passes the 3 Shakespeare Town Houses, 15th century timber-framed buildings, Shakespeare’s School, River Avon and includes a visit to Holy Trinity Church. There is a step into the Church and a ramp is available to allow wheelchair access.
The Town Walk route is wheelchair friendly and the guide will endeavour to use the dropped-kerbs but direct anyone to a nearby dropped kerb if necessary.
Walking boots are not necessary, but comfortable shoes and suitable clothing (appropriate for the weather conditions) is recommended.
For full details and map of how to find the meeting place, please see our website, ‘Travel’ page and link to Accessible Stratford Map and Guide.
The nearest Railway Station is Stratford Central (10-15 mins walk).
Taxis are usually available at the Station, or can be pre-booked.
The nearest bus-stop is in Bridge Street (2 mins walk).
Car Parking and arrival
There are limited blue-badge parking spaces very close to the meeting place, in Waterside and Sheep Street.
There are numerous car parks in Stratford upon Avon, the nearest being Bridgefoot multi-storey (5 mins walk). See our website, ‘Links’ page, ‘Travel/Getting around’ section.
Wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be hired from Stratford Shopmobility, situated at Bridgeway car park, CV37 6YX. Daily use is free, longer usage will incur a charge. See our website, Links page.
The nearest coach park is Riverside car and coach park (10-15 mins walk).
There are two park and ride sites. From the North of Stratford use Bishopton Park & Ride:
From the South of Stratford use Rosebird Centre Park 7 Ride:
The meeting place is close to shops, restaurants and cafes and there is seating on benches around the Swan Fountain.
Public toilets with disabled facility are located on Waterside, approximately 50 yards from the meeting place. There is a charge of 20p to enter.
Public toilets with disabled facility are located in the theatre gardens, close to Holy Trinity Church.
Ghost Cruise and themed Cruises
The themed cruises are run in partnership with Bancroft Cruisers. The provision of the boat, crew, safety and refreshment is the responsibility of Bancroft Cruisers and the provision of the entertainment is the responsibility of Stratford Town Walk. Two boats are available for the themed cruises, both are covered boats with emergency toilet facilities.
The Rita Ellen - The Rita Ellen, newly built in 2009 has a lift to provide access for all users. The toilet is accessible to wheelchair users.
Princess Marina - The Princess Marina has 3-4 steps for access, so not suitable for all users. There is no accessible toilet provision
Other events may include a visit to a building where easy access may not be possible. This can be discussed at the time of booking or making an enquiry.
Stratford Town Walk meeting place:
The Swan Fountain on Waterside,
near the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
opposite the fish & chip shop on the corner of Sheep Street
Stratford upon Avon
Grid reference: Latitude: 52.19152629 Longitude: -1.70378334
Tel: 01789 292478 (not manned 24hrs a day)
07855 760377 (manned 24hrs a day, 365 days a year)
Facebook: Stratford Town Walk
Accessible Taxis: www.stratford.gov.uk/business/wheelchair-accessible-vehicles.cfm