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York: River Ouse Early Evening Cruise

Activity provider: City Cruises York

York: River Ouse Early Evening Cruise

Activity provider: City Cruises York
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From US$ 15.49 per person

Likely to sell out

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.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • 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. 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
  • Food and drinks
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)

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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

4.3 /5

based on 362 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money
  • Safety

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Despite York being our main town for over 36 years, we had never been on the river. Well organsied. Great views. Loved the commentary and learned a few new things. From the boat you get a different and wonderful view of York. Great value for money. Coffee surprisingly good. Alcohol on offer. Limited snacks as forwarned on line. If you wanted a special meal I'd book local for about 7:30 plus. Some excellent restaurants near by. Toilets available.

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October 3, 2022

Excellent! Nice to see York from a different angle, & to see some parts only visible from the river. Interesting & informative, the guide was extremely good & very knowledgeable about the history of the area. It was quite shocking to hear about the floods.. must be scarey to witness that.

September 23, 2022

Our captain (didn’t catch his name but not Dave) was very good and kind of held the cruise together for us. The river was low for time of year when leaves still on trees so only got glimpses of things as we travelled along. Capt. kept us entertained with stories and pointing out things as best he could. It was pretty cold too so an hour was enough!

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September 18, 2022

Product ID: 103862