Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise

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Escape the high street this December……

Save at least 10% by booking your Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise tickets online today!

Sailing every day from the 1st to the 23rd of December, our Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise is an ideal way to escape the busy shopping streets and step into the Christmas spirit. Your ticket includes a choice of hot drink (tea, coffee or hot chocolate) and a mince or apple pie.

The one-hour relaxing cruise features traditional Christmas songs, punctuated with live captain’s commentary.

The boat initially leaves the old port district at King’s Staith, passes underneath the Millennium Bridge before leaving the outskirts of the city and sails past the site of the Battle of Fulford, arguably one of the most significant in the history of the United Kingdom.

This cruise also offers a fantastic chance to look out for wildlife including swans, cormorants and kingfishers, as you leave the city centre and sail downstream to the village of Bishopthorpe. The vessel turns at the glorious 13th century Bishopthorpe Palace, official residence of the Archbishop of York.

Your vessel will be equipped with an enclosed heated saloon, at least two toilets and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks.

If you have any questions about our Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise, then you are welcome to call our Sales Office on 01904 628324. However, we hope that you will be able to find the answer here in our FAQs.

We advise booking in advance online as these cruises have a set capacity.

By purchasing tickets online/on board you agree to our Terms and Conditions of Carriage and accept the Ticket Terms and Conditions.

Please Note: Due to the nature of this cruise, City Cruises York reserve the right to refuse admission to Stag/Hen parties. Our Captains may refuse to carry any passengers, or direct any passenger to disembark, where the behaviour of that passenger is liable to cause nuisance or offence to the other passengers or put at risk the safety of the passenger, other passengers, crew or vessel.


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King's Staith Departure Point

The Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise sails from the King’s Staith Landing only.

Access an interactive Google Map to take you directly to our King’s Staith Landing

Sailing Dates and Times

Sailing Daily

Departures at 10:30 a.m., 12 Noon, 1:30 p.m., & 3:00 p.m. (King’s Staith Landing)

Saturday 1st to Sunday 23rd December, 2018.

Ticket Prices

Tickets cost £12.50 per person (save 10% online – only £11.25 per person!).

Ticket includes a one hour cruise, choice of hot drink (tea, coffee or hot chocolate) and mince or apple pie.