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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 (duration determined by weather, river levels and demand)

 

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.

Discounts at other York Attractions

Using your ticket for your York City Cruise you will then be able to gain a discount at either of the following 2 attractions:

  • York City Sightseeing bus tours (£1 off per person)
  • York Chocolate Story (up to 20% off)



Simply take the ticket you are given by the crewmember as you board to the next attraction and hand it in when you buy your ticket from them. You will only be eligible for this discount after your cruise.


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

Alternatively, check out our fantastic value combined ticket offers below:

York Dungeon & Cruise

York Pass Multi Attraction Ticket

 

Cruise Details

2019 Sailing Dates 

Daily – 28th January 2019 – 29th November 2019

Daily - 27th December 2019 - 31st March 2020.

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

From 1st May to 31st August there is an additional guaranteed cruise from each of our landings:

King's Staith Landing: 16:30

Lendal Bridge Landing:16:40

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

York City Cruise

 
 
 
Adult (16+) from
10.00
 
Child (5-15) from
£5.50
 
Family (2A + 2C) from
£26.00
 
Family (2A + 3C) from
£26.00
 
Infant (0-4)
£0.00
 
Senior (60+) from
£8.50
 
Student (16+) from
£8.50
 

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 call 01904 628324 beforehand to confirm sailing times of our wheelchair accessible boats.

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.

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.

For information on how to get either departure point and the nearest car parks, please click here.

Departure Times:
Please note that if you book an online ticket for either the 11:00, 11:10, 12:30, 12:40, 14:00 or 14:10 sailing, the departure may be up to 15 minutes later than the booked time to suit demand and operational requirements. Please confirm with the crewmember on the day. This may also apply to the 16:30 and 16:40 sailing from May to August on busy days such as Saturdays.

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

  • 09 Jan 2019

    ★★★★★

    Friendly staff ... helpful knowledgeable crew


    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.


  • 09 Jan 2019

    ★★★★★

    Friendly staff ... helpful knowledgeable crew


  • 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.