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York City Cruise

 

View the City from a different perspective

Our York City Cruise offers an entertaining and informative tour of the River Ouse. Escape the city rush and enjoy York from a different perspective whilst our friendly and knowledgeable team guide you leisurely up and downstream. These cruises depart from both of our landing stages; the King’s Staith Landing and the Lendal Bridge Landing.


A York City Cruise enables you to admire the scenery from the comfort of the enclosed saloon or the upper deck. Take home fascinating facts about the incredible history of York and its river from the live, sightseeing commentary delivered by our local skippers. Learn about York’s famous history of flooding and its previous prosperity as an inland port, all while sailing along the very river that brought the Romans and the Vikings to our beautiful city. You are more than welcome to treat yourself to a refreshing drink from the bar whilst resting your feet. York City Cruises can sail on all five vessels in our fleet, each of which has an enclosed heated saloon, at least two toilets and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks.

Your ticket includes:

  • 45 minutes or 1 hour sightseeing cruise through York (depending on the weather)

 

Our 1 hour cruise will usually operate a route heading upstream to Clifton Bridge on the northern outskirts of the city and then downstream as far as the Millennium Bridge on the southern outskirts of the city, before returning upstream to the landing stage that you departed from.

Our 45-minute cruise will usually operate in the same area as the 1 hour cruise without going quite as far in either direction, passing right through the centre of the walled City of York.

Why not upgrade your daytime sightseeing experience and join us for a Lunch or Afternoon Tea Cruise? Sailing regularly from April to September. Find out more here.

 

Cruise Details

2018 Sailing Dates 

Daily
 3rd February 2018 – 25th November 2018, 

2019 Sailing Dates 

Weekends only – 5th of January 2019 – 20th of January 2019

Daily – 2nd February 2019 – 24th November 2019.


Sailing Times

Departures from 10:30 – 15:00 (King’s Staith Landing)

Departures from 10:40  – 15.10 (Lendal Bridge Landing)

There are 4 guaranteed cruises from each of our city centre landings on the above dates:
King's Staith Landing:
10:30
12:00
13:30
15:00

Lendal Bridge Landing:
10:40
12:10
13:40
15:10

Many more trips operate throughout the busier months of April – October, with trips usually departing every 30-45 minutes throughout the day. In good weather additional trips may sail later as well. Call 01904 628324 to enquire about later sailings. Sailing times are also displayed at each of the City Cruises York landings

Departure Points
King's Staith Landing
Lendal Bridge Landing 

Your cruise will always return to the same landing from which it departed. For more information ask the crew on the day.

York City Cruise

 
 
Online Price From
Quayside Price From
 
Adult (16+)
£8.55
£9.50
 
Child (5-15) from
£4.95
£5.50
 
Family (2A + 2C) from
£22.50
£25.00
 
Family (2A + 3C) from
£22.50
£27.00
 
Infant (0-4)
£0.00
£0.00
 
Senior (60+) from
£7.65
£8.50
 
Student (16+) from
£7.65
£8.50
 

Book online to save 10%. 

Wheelchair accessible:

2 of our boats are wheelchair accessible; River Palace and River Duchess. River Duchess also has a wheelchair accessible toilet. However, we only have wheelchair access at our King’s Staith Landing.

Route
Please note that occasionally due to circumstances outside of our control such as rowing regattas, gun salutes at the Museum Gardens or flooding, the route of our York City Cruise may change on the day and take in a more scenic route beyond the city limits – please call our Sales Office if you have any questions about this.

Please note: 
For the comfort and safety of all, when boarding a City Cruises York vessel you agree to our passenger code of conduct.

 
Independent reviews by feefo
York City Cruise

  • 24 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Very easy Excellent guide Enjoyable for all family members


    24 Aug 2018

    ★★★★

    Enjoyable and good value .


    24 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Good fun with a baby and a toddler. We're always looking for contained activities for our little ones where we can sit down and the scenery changes. Can't fault a river cruise for it fulfills this very criteria.


    13 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    I enjoyed every minute. The captain and staff were very helpful, professional and pleasant. The information about the river and surrounding buildings was very interesting.


    13 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    time well spent-my granddaughter learned a bit more about york


    12 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Pleasant hour and wonderful weather!


  • 12 Aug 2018

    ★★★★

    I would have given 5 stars if we hadn't had to stop again to pick up more passengers at Lendal. There were a lot waiting there and we had quite a wait while they boarded.


    11 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    A one hour cruise was very good value for money.


    11 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Interesting and informative commentary of the history of York. Even though you cover two sectors twice during the hour there was always a different perspective to see. This was part of a birthday celebration so prosecco ordered which was brought to our seats and was a generous measure!


    10 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Lovely experience and great views.


    10 Aug 2018

    ★★★★

    Very nice crew - informative throughout but would have liked to have gone further to see more


    10 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Informative and beautiful


  • 10 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Great value and thoroughly enjoyable trip.


    10 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Lovely cruise on the river ouse. Pleasant and friendly crew. The boat was very clean, had toilet facilities which were clean. You could also get drinks and snacks on board. The commentary was clear and easily understood.


    10 Aug 2018

    ★★★

    Couldn't hear the commentary


    10 Aug 2018

    ★★★★

    It was a pleasant & informative experience


    10 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    A really pleasant hour on the river.


    10 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Good commentary from the guy with the mic.


  • 27 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    good informative cruise in York


    25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    It was a lovely relaxing hour on the river.


    25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    Nice river cruise. Unfortunately afternoon tea was not available but still enjoyable.


    25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    The captain was a brilliant guide


    25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    This cruise met our expectations


    25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    The young lad who gave the commentary was was informative and was very clear. Excellent facilities on board the boat.


  • 25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    Couldn't always hear the commentary but they were well informed and quick to get passengers on and off


    25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Enjoyable relaxing atmosphere and knowledgable


    25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    Enjoyable trip and well informed along the way.


    25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Lovely informative cruise helped by the gorgeous sunshine


    25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    Lovely cruise, captain very informative and funny


    25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    Fun trip knowledgeable crew


  • 24 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Guide was very knowledgeable, we really liked that we could choose which landing to get off at as it helped us get around York.


    18 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Not expensive and easy to book on line


    16 Jun 2018

    ★★★

    Booked on-line for a trip on 05/06/2018 at 14.10 and paid up front. Arrived at 13.45 to be told the trip was cancelled and the previous boat had just left. We received no notification even though they had our email address and contact number. Had to wait for a later boat, Poor communication all round.


    12 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    Lovely cruise, only thing to make it better would have been if the staff had been able to help getting our 2 prams on and off the boat.


    12 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Great cruise easy to book the captain new his stuff 😀😀


    11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Good experience all round, with a knowledgeable and informative captain! Good weather made it all the more pleasant.


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★

    Not a great deal to see shame couldnt go further


    11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Great team and nice to get information along the way would strongly recommend taking a drink or buying one on board before you are seated !


    11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    Cruise was great, unfortunately problem with commentary, sound wasn’t coming out of all the speakers so missed a lot of the points being told to us.


    11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Well worth the money for a peaceful boat trip


    11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    It was relaxing, informative and hassle free.


    11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    All great. All simple. Lovely.


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    As above ...very informative and enjoyable


    11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Great service Very informative Entertaining A great way to experience York and learn a different perspective of its history


    11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    Very enjoyable and comfortable, complementing an an excellent and enthusiastic commentary


    11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Enjoyable 45minutrs or soon the river. With live commentary, refreshments available to purchase.


    11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Good trip friendly crew and great commentary.


    11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Really good experience...


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Easy to book. Staff on the cruise very helpful and informative. A lovely trip.


    11 Apr 2018

    ★★★★

    Nice staff and a good informative cruise .


    10 Apr 2018

    ★★★

    The weather wasn't brilliant as it was cold, hence everyone was on the lower deck which caused misted windows so not much view to back up the commentary and as our party was 8 people and the yablrs were to seat 4 people, we weren't able to sit together, so the cruise became pretty much just a warm place to while away an hour or so in York


    29 Mar 2018

    ★★★★★

    Good commentary,,.,...............


    27 Mar 2018

    ★★★★★

    friendly guys great knowlege of the area warm inside the deck smooth journey up an down the lake great choice of drinks on deck would recommend the city cruises around york


  • 24 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Very easy Excellent guide Enjoyable for all family members


  • 24 Aug 2018

    ★★★★

    Enjoyable and good value .


  • 24 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Good fun with a baby and a toddler. We're always looking for contained activities for our little ones where we can sit down and the scenery changes. Can't fault a river cruise for it fulfills this very criteria.


  • 13 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    I enjoyed every minute. The captain and staff were very helpful, professional and pleasant. The information about the river and surrounding buildings was very interesting.


  • 13 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    time well spent-my granddaughter learned a bit more about york


  • 12 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Pleasant hour and wonderful weather!


  • 12 Aug 2018

    ★★★★

    I would have given 5 stars if we hadn't had to stop again to pick up more passengers at Lendal. There were a lot waiting there and we had quite a wait while they boarded.


  • 11 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    A one hour cruise was very good value for money.


  • 11 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Interesting and informative commentary of the history of York. Even though you cover two sectors twice during the hour there was always a different perspective to see. This was part of a birthday celebration so prosecco ordered which was brought to our seats and was a generous measure!


  • 10 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Lovely experience and great views.


  • 10 Aug 2018

    ★★★★

    Very nice crew - informative throughout but would have liked to have gone further to see more


  • 10 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Informative and beautiful


  • 10 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Great value and thoroughly enjoyable trip.


  • 10 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Lovely cruise on the river ouse. Pleasant and friendly crew. The boat was very clean, had toilet facilities which were clean. You could also get drinks and snacks on board. The commentary was clear and easily understood.


  • 10 Aug 2018

    ★★★

    Couldn't hear the commentary


  • 10 Aug 2018

    ★★★★

    It was a pleasant & informative experience


  • 10 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    A really pleasant hour on the river.


  • 10 Aug 2018

    ★★★★★

    Good commentary from the guy with the mic.


  • 27 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    good informative cruise in York


  • 25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    It was a lovely relaxing hour on the river.


  • 25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    Nice river cruise. Unfortunately afternoon tea was not available but still enjoyable.


  • 25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    The captain was a brilliant guide


  • 25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    This cruise met our expectations


  • 25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    The young lad who gave the commentary was was informative and was very clear. Excellent facilities on board the boat.


  • 25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    Couldn't always hear the commentary but they were well informed and quick to get passengers on and off


  • 25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Enjoyable relaxing atmosphere and knowledgable


  • 25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    Enjoyable trip and well informed along the way.


  • 25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Lovely informative cruise helped by the gorgeous sunshine


  • 25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    Lovely cruise, captain very informative and funny


  • 25 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    Fun trip knowledgeable crew


  • 24 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Guide was very knowledgeable, we really liked that we could choose which landing to get off at as it helped us get around York.


  • 18 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Not expensive and easy to book on line


  • 16 Jun 2018

    ★★★

    Booked on-line for a trip on 05/06/2018 at 14.10 and paid up front. Arrived at 13.45 to be told the trip was cancelled and the previous boat had just left. We received no notification even though they had our email address and contact number. Had to wait for a later boat, Poor communication all round.


  • 12 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    Lovely cruise, only thing to make it better would have been if the staff had been able to help getting our 2 prams on and off the boat.


  • 12 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Great cruise easy to book the captain new his stuff 😀😀


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Good experience all round, with a knowledgeable and informative captain! Good weather made it all the more pleasant.


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★

    Not a great deal to see shame couldnt go further


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Great team and nice to get information along the way would strongly recommend taking a drink or buying one on board before you are seated !


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    Cruise was great, unfortunately problem with commentary, sound wasn’t coming out of all the speakers so missed a lot of the points being told to us.


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Well worth the money for a peaceful boat trip


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    It was relaxing, informative and hassle free.


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    All great. All simple. Lovely.


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    As above ...very informative and enjoyable


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Great service Very informative Entertaining A great way to experience York and learn a different perspective of its history


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★

    Very enjoyable and comfortable, complementing an an excellent and enthusiastic commentary


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Enjoyable 45minutrs or soon the river. With live commentary, refreshments available to purchase.


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Good trip friendly crew and great commentary.


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Really good experience...


  • 11 Jun 2018

    ★★★★★

    Easy to book. Staff on the cruise very helpful and informative. A lovely trip.


  • 11 Apr 2018

    ★★★★

    Nice staff and a good informative cruise .


  • 10 Apr 2018

    ★★★

    The weather wasn't brilliant as it was cold, hence everyone was on the lower deck which caused misted windows so not much view to back up the commentary and as our party was 8 people and the yablrs were to seat 4 people, we weren't able to sit together, so the cruise became pretty much just a warm place to while away an hour or so in York


  • 29 Mar 2018

    ★★★★★

    Good commentary,,.,...............


  • 27 Mar 2018

    ★★★★★

    friendly guys great knowlege of the area warm inside the deck smooth journey up an down the lake great choice of drinks on deck would recommend the city cruises around york