York Lunch Cruise

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Enjoy a Leisurely Lunch with City Cruises York.

A delightful cruise with delicious food aboard one of our dining fleet, sailing regularly from May to November.

Join us for a delightful 1 hour and 30minute cruise and enjoy a delicious 2 course, plated lunch served on board the Captain James Cook. Your dessert will also be accompanied by a tea or coffee. This cruise sails from our King’s Staith Landing only. Boarding commences at 11:30 a.m., with the plated lunch served from 12 Noon.

The cruise will also include relaxing background music whilst you enjoy your lunch, followed by some informative commentary from our local, knowledgeable skipper as the boat turns at Bishopthorpe Palace, the stunning riverside residence of His Grace the Archbishop of York and also as you head back upstream into the city.

Your ticket includes:

  • 1 hour 30 minutes round cruise
  • 2-course plated lunch 

Cruise Details

Cruise Days

Sailing every day:

1st May to 1st November 2020.
(please note all sailings from February to April 2020 have now been cancelled).

Departure Time:

The cruise departs from King's Staith Landing. The boat leaves at 11.45 (boarding at 11.30) from King's Staith Landing and returns to King's Staith Landing at 13.15.
Please note: It is the customer's responsibility to arrive on time. You should aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before departure. The boat will leave promptly at the stated departure time. If you are late you will not be eligible for a refund or rescheduling of your ticket. Please allow sufficient time, to arrive in good time.

Departure Point:

King's Staith Landing (Please check your ticket carefully as we have two departure points in the city and this cruise only sails from the King's Staith Landing (YO1 9SN)
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Ticket Prices - Lunch Cruise

Online Price From
Adult (13+)
Child (3-12) from
Infant (0-2)*

*If a child from 0-2 years would like to have a seat and be served a meal, child rate will be charged.


Chicken and Ham Hock Wellington*, Roast New Potatoes, with White Wine, Cream and Thyme Sauce


Vegetarian Option:

Creamed Leek, Mixed Bean, Mushroom and Wensleydale with a Puffed Pastry Lid, White Wine, Cream and Thyme Sauce on a Bed of Wilted Spinach (v)


Chocolate and Strawberry Roulade


Tea or Coffee

(*Please note that Chicken and Ham Hock Wellington may be substitued for Chicken and Ham Hock with a pastry lid).

Dietary requirements

You can select “Vegetarian” when making your booking. We do not guarantee that products are free from nuts or traces of nuts. For any other dietary requirements, give at least 48 hours’ notice. For any special dietary requirements please call Reservations on 01904 628324 or e-mail to infoyork@citycruises.com.

Wheelchair access

The Lunch Cruise is not on a wheelchair accessible vessel. 

Baby / Child facilities

Please note there are no baby changing facilities, highchair facilities or pushchair storage on this vessel.

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

If the river in York is too high for us to sail, where possible the dining will still take place stationary on a boat at our Boatyard (Lendal Bridge, York, YO1 7DP), with passengers then joining a sightseeing cruise on one of our smaller fleet where possible, or receiving a voucher for a sightseeing cruise on a later sailing that day or alternative date. We will contact you in advance to inform you of the change in location.

Unfortunately dogs are not able to sail on our dining cruises, but they are welcome on our sightseeing cruises when kept on a lead.

Please also note that whilst hen parties are welcome to join this cruise, there is a strict dress code of no fancy dress, sashes, or any other hen party paraphernalia. Hen parties joining this cruise are expected to abide by the same passenger code of conduct as all other passengers. Any hen parties not abiding by the above terms will be refused entry or asked to leave during the cruise.


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