• Bishopthorpe Palace




Escape the high street this December.

Sailing every day from the 1st to the 23rd of December, our Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise is an ideal way to escape the busy shopping streets and step into the Christmas spirit. Your ticket includes a choice of hot drink (tea, coffee or hot chocolate) and a mince or apple pie.

The one-hour relaxing cruise features traditional Christmas songs, punctuated with live captain’s commentary.
The boat initially leaves the old port district at King’s Staith, passes underneath the Millennium Bridge before leaving the outskirts of the city and sails past the site of the Battle of Fulford, arguably one of the most significant in the history of the United Kingdom.

This cruise also offers a fantastic chance to look out for wildlife including swans, cormorants and kingfishers, as you leave the city centre and sail downstream to the village of Bishopthorpe. The vessel turns at the glorious 13th century Bishopthorpe Palace, official residence of the Archbishop of York.

Your vessel will be equipped with 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:

  • 1 hour cruise to Bishopthorpe Palace

  • Background Christmas music and live captain's commentary

  • Choice of hot drink (tea, coffee or hot chocolate) and a mince or apple pie

Please note that this is not our Santa Experience. To find out more about seeing Santa at City Cruises York, please click here.

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Cruise Details

Departure Dates

Saturday 30th November to Monday 23rd December, 2019.

Sailing Time

10.30, 12.00, 13.30, 15.00

Boarding commences 15 minutes prior departure. 

Departure Point

King's Staith Landing 

Ticket Prices

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