School and College Group Tours

Education & Relaxation with City Cruises York

Advanced bookings of groups of 20 or more passengers save 10% off the full ticket price and get reserved seating together on board our York City Cruise or Early Evening Cruise (plus one free passenger for every 20 paying).

We offer a unique perspective of York for your school party to enjoy as you cruise along the River Ouse. The route of our cruises provides an opportunity to deliver a commentary that contains a balanced account of York’s Roman, Viking and Industrial past with additional reference to local fauna, the history of the development of the River Ouse, local architecture, life on the river itself and its role in the progress of York’s emergence as one of the most pivotal cities in the north of England.

Educational Groups such as schools and colleges and young person’s organisations such as Cubs and Brownies are welcome to take advantage of a fantastic rate when booking in advance. Save 10% off the full ticket price:

York City Cruise:

We have two departure points for our York City Cruise, the King’s Staith Landings and the Lendal Bridge Landing.

King’s Staith Landing Group Sailing Times

September to April: 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, 1:30 p.m., & 3 p.m.
May to August: 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, 1:30 p.m., & 3 p.m. plus additional times in between (during school holidays we cannot accommodate group bookings after the 12 noon sailing).

Nearby attractions: Jorvik Viking Centre, York Dungeon, Clifford’s Tower and York Castle Museum.

Lendal Bridge Landing Group Sailing Times

September to April: 10:40 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 1:40 p.m., & 3:10 p.m.
May to August: 10:40 a.m, 12:10 p.m., 1:40 p.m., & 3:10 p.m. plus additional times in between (during school holidays we cannot accommodate group bookings after the 12:10 p.m. sailing).

Nearby attractions: York Minster, Yorkshire Museum Gardens and National Railway Museum

Early Evening Cruise:

The Early Evening Cruise departs from our King’s Staith Landing only.

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 2nd March to 31st March 2019 & 29th September to 23rd November 2019.
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 1st April to 28th September 2019.

School and College Groups

We offer a discount rate of 10% for these groups if they consist of 20 or more, plus one free place for every 20 paying passengers, to a maximum of 5 free places. The discounted rates for our daytime York City Cruises and our Early Evening Cruise can be seen below.

(Please note that whilst Under 5’s sail for free there is a limit of 3 Under 5’s per 2 paying Adults or Concessions. Groups of Under 5’s would be required to pay the child group rate).

Schools and College Group Booking Benefits

1 person travels free with every 20 paying passengers

Coach drop-off/pick-up point close to both of our moorings

Reserved seating for your party

A warm and friendly welcome

Educational Groups Booking Procedure

Bookings of groups of 20 or more must be made through our Sales Office.

Initial enquiries can be made either by phone (01904 628324), email ( or by completing an online Educational Group Booking Enquiry Form. Please note that completing an enquiry form online does not confirm that time and date for your group.

Once we have received your enquiry via one of the above methods, we will then be able to check availability and either confirm your booking or suggest an alternative time and/or date if necessary. Once we have confirmed a date and time, our friendly sales team will proceed with completing your booking.

Group Booking Terms and Conditions

Group bookings must be made at least 7 days in advance.

Please note that the discounted group rate is discounted from the full price of a cruise ticket and not from the already discounted online cruise ticket prices.

For groups which consist predominantly of children aged 15 and under with a minority of children aged 16 and over, all passengers will be charged at the child group rate.

For groups which consist predominantly of students aged 16 and over with a minority of children aged 15 and under, passengers will be charged at their respective group rate.

Please note that group rates are only available on weekends until 12 noon and are not available on bank holiday weekends at all.

Groups must arrive at the correct departure point at least ten minutes prior to the sailing. If you miss the sailing that you have booked for, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate you on a subsequent sailing.

Prior to the date of sailing, we will also require a mobile number of the designated group leader on the day. This is so that we can contact you in case of any problems or rearrangements to our schedule.

By booking tickets for a group cruise with City Cruises York, you agree to our Terms and Conditions of Carriage and accept the Ticket Terms and Conditions.

Risk Assessment

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Ticket Prices - Groups of 20 or more children aged up to 15 years old

Daytime York City Cruise
Early Evening Cruise
Adult/ Teachers
£8.55 - £9.00
£9.00 - £9.90
£8.10 - £8.55
Under 5's