Water activity

York: Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise

3.5 / 5

8 reviews

Activity provider: City Cruises York

York: Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise

Activity provider: City Cruises York

From US$ 16.68 per person

This relaxing 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.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • See the stunning riverside residence of the Archbishop of York
  • Learn about Bishopthorpe Palace
  • Enjoy a hot drink and mince or apple pie
  • Listen to traditional Christmas background music
Full description
The 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. Leave from old port district at King’s Staith, pass underneath the Millennium Bridge before leaving the outskirts of the city and sail past the site of the Battle of Fulford, arguably one of the most significant in the history of the United Kingdom. Experience 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.
Includes
  • River cruise
  • Choice of hot drink and mince or apple pie
  • Live commentary
  • Christmas background music
  • Access to on-board facilities (bar, rest room)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    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 9RY) 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

    3.5 /5

    based on 8 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      2/5
    • Transportation
      1/5
    • Value for money
      2.8/5
    • Safety
      5/5

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    Absolutely amazing! Highlight of our 2 night stay in York.

    January 9, 2022

    Well worth the trip. Nice crew and bar on board.

    December 27, 2021

    Enjoyable cruise. Was meant to be a Christmas themed cruise but could hardly hear the Christmas music that was playing hence the 4 stars. Captain and crew were friendly, would book again.

    December 20, 2021

    Product ID: 128250