1. United Kingdom
  2. Yorkshire and The Humber
  3. York
  4. River Ouse

York: River Ouse Early Evening Cruise

Product ID: 103862
Spenda relaxing hour on the River Ouse and see the sights of York from a different perspective. On the Early Evening Cruise you’ll enjoy the entertaining and informative commentary of a live guide as you sail leisurely up and down stream.
About this activity
Duration: 1 hour
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Admire York’s historic sites from a different perspective
  • Enjoy the informative and entertaining live commentary
  • Sip your favorite drink, available at the fully stocked bar on board
Full description
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.

The boat sails at 19:30 from King’s Staith Landing in York’s city center, returning to the same location at 20:30.

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.
  • River cruise
  • Live commentary
  • Access to on-board facilities (bar, rest room)
  • Subsequent discounts from the full price of selected York attractions with your cruise ticket
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

King's Staith Landing, King's Staith, York, YO1 9SN (across from the Queen's Hotel and outside the King's Arms and Lowther public houses)

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please note that the River Ouse in York can occasionally rise to levels that can have an impact on this cruise's daily operations after periods of heavy rainfall in the catchment area upstream
• The local partner will always attempt to sail, so long as it is safe to do so. There can come a point where the smallest boat can no longer fit underneath the bridges
• Depending on the height of the waters, it may not be possible to sail at all. In this instance, you will either be eligible for a full refund or your ticket(s) will happily be accepted on another date
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 92 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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We are an elderly couple who took the early evening Ouse Cruise. We had a warm and smiling welcome to our trip and the captain gave a very good and informative commentary pointing out places of interest and filling us in with snippets of history. We would definitely recommend this as a well spent hour for anyone.

6 October 2019

Great, well worth doing

Myself and my boyfriend booked this cruise and we chose the early evening as it was nice weather but meant we could spend the whole day round York first. It was a very good and informative cruise, the captain explained lots of what we were going past and the history of York. The boat holds a lot of people and you have the choice to either sit on the bottom deck inside or on the top deck outside which is good as you have the choice. We also liked the fact there was a bar inside too! There was a bit of queuing to get on as there were some people turning up that hadn't booked so we had to wait for them to pay but overall, worth booking :)

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28 July 2019

Informative and entertaining

The crew of our boat was Laurie and Stacey. We did an early evening cruise . Laurie made the information about the various sights entertaining . He has a very pleasant manner and provided us with a lot of information without it being boring or too long. Stacey served refreshments in a pleasant manner. Only down side this time of year it was getting quite dark by the time the cruise finished.

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4 September 2018

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City Cruises York

Product ID: 103862