• Sightseeing cruise on the Ouse with City Cruises York



View the City from a different perspective

Our York City Cruise is both 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.

York City Cruise

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Cruise Details

Sailing Dates 

Weekends only – 6th of January 2018 – 21st of January 2018

Daily – 3rd February 2018 – 25th November 2018, 2nd February 2019 - 31st March 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:

Lendal Bridge Landing:

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

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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.

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.