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  2. Yorkshire and The Humber
  3. York
  4. River Ouse

York: River Ouse City Cruise

Product ID: 103859
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Spend a relaxing hour on the River Ouse and see the sights of York from a different perspective. On the York City 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 45 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Booklets
Spanish, Dutch, English, French, German
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • 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
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.

Boats depart from both the King’s Staith landing and the Lendal Bridge 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. The 45-minute cruise operates in the same area without going quite as far in either direction, passing through the center of the walled city.

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.
Includes
  • 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) Nearest car parks: • St. George's Field car park (YO10 4AB) • Castle car park (YO1 9SN) From the train station: Turn left out of the station and follow the road under the city walls. Walk straight ahead onto Rougier Street, and turn left at the T-junction onto Bridge Street. Walk across the Ouse Bridge. The landing is down the steps on the right-hand side of the bridge, near the King's Arms pub.

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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 operators 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, they may not be able 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 during your stay if sailing is possible
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 181 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.6/5
Organization
4.6/5
Value for money
4.3/5
Safety
4.8/5

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City Cruises York

Product ID: 103859