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  • York: Self-Drive Red Boats

    1. York: Self-Drive Red Boats

    Enjoy a leisurely one hour hire, exploring York from the helm of your own self-drive motorboat. Become a captain and explore the sites of York’s riverside in style. Your private boat can accommodate up to 6 people and will provide plenty of room for you all to head out on your own aquatic adventure, exploring the same river that brought the Vikings to this beautiful city. You will receive full instructions on how to operate your motor boat along with safety and river rules, whilst life jackets will be provided for any children. Your boat operating area is along a route that will along you to take in the whole city from the river within the one hour. Additionally, on a half hour hire you can operate within this area and will be able to take in most of the built up section of the Ouse, or make your way down stream to the Millennium Bridge and back to the moorings again. Please note that...

    Pre booked our boat, we were 10minutes early but no problem. Shown the controls & route & away we went. Great hour up & down the Ouse. We had 6 adults & plenty of space for all.

  • York: River Ouse City Cruise Anytime Ticket

    2. York: River Ouse City Cruise Anytime Ticket

    The York City Cruise provides an entertaining and informative tour of the historic city as seen from the River Ouse. Enjoy the sights from a different perspective as a friendly and knowledgeable team guides you leisurely up and downstream. Your cruise departs from the King's Staith landing. Admire the scenery from the comfort of the enclosed saloon or the upper deck and treat yourself to a refreshing drink from the bar. The duration of the cruise is either 45 minutes or 1 hour and is determined by the weather on the day and by demand. Your ticket will be valid for whatever duration is offered on the day of your visit. Typically the 1-hour cruise follows a route that heads upstream to Clifton Bridge on the northern outskirts of York city and then downstream as far as the Millennium Bridge on the city’s southern outskirts, before returning back upstream to the original landing stage. Th...

    Very informative experience in a restful atmosphere (assisted by the good weather we had). Your pilot/captain was very good and made the trip most enjoyable.

  • York: River Ouse Early Evening Cruise

    3. York: River Ouse Early Evening Cruise

    This 1-hour Early Evening Cruise is an entertaining and informative tour of historic York from the River Ouse. Enjoy the city from a different perspective as a friendly and knowledgeable team guides you leisurely up and downstream. During the cruise, the captain will keep you entertained with live commentary about the sites you pass. Learn about York’s history of flooding and its prosperity as an inland port, as you sail along the river that brought the Romans and the Vikings to this site. You’ll sail on a vessel that features an enclosed and heated saloon, rest rooms and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks.

    Wonderfully relaxing evening cruise at sunset. The skipper/commentator had a very relaxing voice and was very knowledgeable

  • York: River Ouse Lunch Cruise

    4. York: River Ouse Lunch Cruise

    Join a delightful 1.5-hour cruise and enjoy a delicious 2 course, plated lunch served on board the Captain James Cook boat. Your dessert will also be accompanied by tea or coffee. This cruise sails from our King’s Staith Landing only. Boarding commences at 11:30 AM, with your lunch served from 12:00 PM. Your cruise will also include relaxing background music whilst you enjoy your lunch, followed by some informative commentary from a 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. Menu: Individual Chicken and Ham Hock Wellington, Roast New Potatoes, White Wine and Thyme Sauce, served a selection of seasonal vegetables. or Vegetarian Option: Creamed Leek, Mixed Bean, Mushroom and Wensleydale Wellington, Wilted Spinach and Tomato Sa...

    A wonderful trip. The captain was extremely entertaining. The weather was excellent.And so was lunch. Well done guys.

  • York Afternoon Tea Cruise

    5. York Afternoon Tea Cruise

    Enjoy this charming cruise aboard the Captain James Cook boat, with delicious food, sailing daily from April to September. Be delighted by this 1.5-hour cruise with a selection of dainty home-made sandwiches, delicious finger desserts and a fruit scone with preserve and cream. All served with freshly brewed tea and coffee. This cruise departs from King’s Staith Landing. Your cruise will also include an informative commentary from a local, knowledgeable skipper as you sail through the city and then downstream to Bishopthorpe Palace, the stunning riverside residence of His Grace the Archbishop of York. Relaxing background music will play between the live commentary. The menu includes several rounds of sandwiches including coronation chicken, sliced ham with mustard mayo, egg mayonnaise and cress and cream cheese and cucumber. As well as homemade scones you will also be served a selection...

    The crew were very friendly and helpful. The afternoon tea was very nice however the boat needed some TLC!

  • York: River Ouse Floodlit Evening Cruise

    6. York: River Ouse Floodlit Evening Cruise

    Relax and enjoy a romantic end to your evening in York on this 70-minute Floodlit Evening Cruise. Your ticket includes a choice of refreshments; adults and concessions aged 18 and over can choose from a hot drink and a biscuit or a glass of Prosecco. Children and concessions aged under 18 can choose from a hot drink and a biscuit or a soft drink and a biscuit. Boarding commences at 20:45 and the boat departs at 21:15 from the King’s Staith Landing in central York. The boat returns to the departure location at 22:25. Sail a circular route on the River Ouse, as you enjoy a relaxing mix of jazz and swing background music. The on-board floodlights will illuminate landmarks along the water edge, as you take in the historic sights of York from a different perspective. You’ll sail on a vessel that features an enclosed and heated saloon, rest rooms and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines...

    This boat trip offers good value for money in a relaxed environment. The bar offers a good range of drinks including hot drinks on a cold day. The crew were friendly and helpful

  • York: Evening Dinner Cruise

    7. York: Evening Dinner Cruise

    During the two and a half hour cruise, as you wine and dine, you will be kept entertained by a live and informative sightseeing commentary, interspersed with background music. You will be served a glass of house wine as you step aboard, before being treated to three delectable courses, followed by a choice of tea or coffee and chocolates. You will take in great views of York's riverscape before heading beyond the city limits to view the spectacular 13th Century riverside residence of His Grace the Archbishop of York, Bishopthorpe Palace. You will then continue further downstream towards the villages of Naburn and Acaster Malbis, before returning to the city center.

    Excellent staff, very friendly. Food Excellent, we were so surprised about the quality of the food. Booked for my husbands birthday and was pleasantly surprised.

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What people are saying about York

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 200 reviews

Our pilot and tour guide was excellent:- informative, knowledgeable with a really attractive speaking voice. He gave great advice about photo opportunities too. Also, confusion about sailing times was handled speedily with friendly and clear emails. Will readily recommend. Thank you.

Pre booked our boat, we were 10minutes early but no problem. Shown the controls & route & away we went. Great hour up & down the Ouse. We had 6 adults & plenty of space for all.

Wonderfully relaxing evening cruise at sunset. The skipper/commentator had a very relaxing voice and was very knowledgeable

A wonderful trip. The captain was extremely entertaining. The weather was excellent.And so was lunch. Well done guys.

A nice and peaceful trip down the river as the sun sets. Lovely!