Water activity

York: River Ouse Lunch Cruise

Activity provider: City Cruises York

York: River Ouse Lunch Cruise

Activity provider: City Cruises York
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From US$ 42.93 per person

Enjoy a delightful 1.5-hour cruise with a delicious 2 course, buffet-style lunch freshly cooked and served on board the Captain James Cook, the largest boat on the River Ouse.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide


  • See the stunning Bishopthorpe Palace, 13th Century residence of His Grace the Archbishop of York
  • Enjoy a delicious 2 course lunch; the main course is freshly cooked on board and is followed by our Chef's choice of dessert
  • Listen to a combination of informative, live commentary and relaxing, background music
Full description
Join a delightful 1.5-hour cruise and enjoy a delicious 2 course, plated lunch served on board the Captain James Cook boat. Your dessert will also be accompanied by tea or coffee. This cruise sails from our King’s Staith Landing only. Boarding commences at 11:30 AM, with your lunch served from 12:00 PM. Your cruise will also include relaxing background music whilst you enjoy your lunch, followed by some informative commentary from a local, knowledgeable skipper as the boat turns at Bishopthorpe Palace, the stunning riverside residence of His Grace the Archbishop of York and also as you head back upstream into the city. Menu: Individual Chicken and Ham Hock Wellington, Roast New Potatoes, White Wine and Thyme Sauce, served a selection of seasonal vegetables. or Vegetarian Option: Creamed Leek, Mixed Bean, Mushroom and Wensleydale Wellington, Wilted Spinach and Tomato Sauce, served a selection of seasonal vegetables. --- Chocolate and Strawberry Roulade --- Tea or Coffee
  • 2 course lunch
  • A tea or coffee served with dessert
  • Alcoholic drinks (although they can be purchased on board)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

King's Staith Landing, King's Staith, York, YO1 9SN (across from the Queen's Hotel and outside the King's Arms and Lowther public houses)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Unfortunately, the Lunch Cruise does not sail on a wheelchair accessible vessels and so there will be some steps before you get to your table
  • Please note there are also no baby changing facilities, highchair facilities or push-chair storage on this vessel
  • Vegetarian option is available and most dietary requirements can also be catered for; however, advance notice must be given at the time of booking or a minimum of 2 days before the date of travel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 108 reviews

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A lovely short lunch cruise, the boat was very clean, we were welcomed aboard & shown to our table. A female crew member introduced herself & told us what drinks were available to order. The’ Captain’ informed everyone of the safety regulations & how long the cruise would take & when our lunch would be served. The lunch was a Tai chicken curry & rice followed with chocolate brownie & cream, tea or coffee. We enjoyed it but a few passengers appeared to refuse the curry & unfortunately there wasn’t an alternative. I think there should have been an alternative, even sandwiches would have been better than some people having nothing, not everyone likes curry!!The cruise was really enjoyable the Captain was very informative & all the crew were great

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June 12, 2022

Found the departure point ( Kings Staith) with no issues, staff are present if you need information so that is handy. Upon boarding you are met by the Captain (Keith on ours) who has all the passengers names so very organized. Brief introduction of the crew and safety on board. Drinks are served then Lunch is served within about 15 minutes and we were presented with a rather lovely Thai curry and white rice which was not spicy thankfully. This was followed by a warm chocolate brownie with a touch of cream on with tea or coffee. There is a bar on board which was well priced. The captain gives a commentary of the points of interest in his own witty manor and some funny remarks along the way. Overall then, we found it great, the boat is good and the crew work their socks off .The food was tasty and enough for a lunch, the background music just right. The trip is just right at one and a half hours, with some lovely scenery along the way. We both enjoyed this trip and would recommend.

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June 10, 2022

Great welcome on board. Staff brilliant. Excellent cruise and commentary. Enjoyed it very much but the downside was the lunch which was a little bit disappointing. The Thai Chicken Curry was bland and had very little taste. Chocolate Brownie was nice but the coffee was stone cold. A real shame about the lunch as the experience was very good and we enjoyed it.

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June 6, 2022

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