York: River Ouse City Cruise

York: River Ouse City Cruise

From $16.42 per person

Spend a relaxing hour on the River Ouse and see the sights of York from a different perspective. On the York City Cruise you’ll enjoy the entertaining and informative commentary of a live guide as you sail leisurely up and down stream.

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
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 45 minutes
Check availability to see starting times.
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Admire York’s historic sites from a different perspective
  • Enjoy the informative and entertaining live commentary
  • Sip your favorite drink, available at the fully stocked bar on board
Full description
The York City Cruise provides an entertaining and informative tour of the historic city as seen from the River Ouse. Enjoy the sights from a different perspective as a friendly and knowledgeable team guides you leisurely up and downstream. Your cruise departs from the King's Staith landing. Admire the scenery from the comfort of the enclosed saloon or the upper deck and treat yourself to a refreshing drink from the bar. The duration of the cruise is either 45 minutes or 1 hour and is determined by the weather on the day and by demand. Your ticket will be valid for whatever duration is offered on the day of your visit. Typically the 1-hour cruise follows a route that heads upstream to Clifton Bridge on the northern outskirts of York city and then downstream as far as the Millennium Bridge on the city’s southern outskirts, before returning back upstream to the original landing stage. The 45-minute cruise operates in the same area without going quite as far in either direction, passing through the center of the walled city. During the cruise, the captain will keep you entertained with live commentary about the sites you pass. Learn about York’s history of flooding and its prosperity as an inland port, as you sail along the river that brought the Romans and the Vikings to this site. You’ll sail on a vessel that features an enclosed and heated saloon, restrooms, and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks, and snacks.
Includes
  • River cruise
  • Live commentary
  • Access to on-board facilities (bar, rest room)
  • Subsequent discounts from the full price of selected York attractions with your cruise ticket
  • Food and drinks
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

Select participants and date

Participants

Date

Prepare for the activity

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) Nearest car parks: • St. George's Field car park (YO10 4AB) • Castle car park (YO1 9SR) From the train station: Turn left out of the station and follow the road under the city walls. Walk straight ahead onto Rougier Street, and turn left at the T-junction onto Bridge Street. Walk across the Ouse Bridge. The landing is down the steps on the right-hand side of the bridge, near the King's Arms pub.

Open in Google Maps ⟶
Important information

Know before you go

  • Please note that the River Ouse in York can occasionally rise to levels that can have an impact on this cruise's daily operations after periods of heavy rainfall in the catchment area upstream
  • The local operators will always attempt to sail, so long as it is safe to do so. There can come a point where the smallest boat can no longer fit underneath the bridges
  • Depending on the height of the waters, they may not be able to sail at all. In this instance, you will either be eligible for a full refund or your ticket(s) will happily be accepted on another date during your stay if sailing is possible
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 251 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5
Sort by

Friendly loading process followed by a really well presented tour, the boat captain had a lovely presentation style and a laid back attitude. We were relaxed by his style...and I bet that he tells every tour that this is his first turning of the boat in a narrower part of the river, but it's charming.

October 8, 2020

Really lovely boat, loads of room, we went on with a pram, there is more than one boat though Jo don't know if the others are the same. Had a cupper whole we were on there which was nice. Only down side, couldn't always here the commontre and he told you what was coming up when you were to far away from it.

October 26, 2019

Smashing

We got a good price for our ticket on this site and we managed to choose a good day for our trip. It was the 1st trip, 10:30 on Sunday 1st September 2019. Aaron was the driver of the boat & he also did the commentary. He did an excellent job of both. Navigating his way around some haphazard self driven boats & giving an amusing & informative commentary. All in a good trip. Well done to Aaron & the crew!

Read more

September 2, 2019

Organized by

Product ID: 103859