Water activity

York: River Ouse Floodlit Evening Cruise

Activity provider: City Cruises York

York: River Ouse Floodlit Evening Cruise

Activity provider: City Cruises York

From US$ 18.56 per person

Experience a romantic evening on the River Ouse. Enjoy a glass of wine on board the Floodlit Evening Cruise, after an evening meal at one of York’s many fine restaurants. Relax to the background music as you sail leisurely up and down stream.

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Duration 70 minutes
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  • Admire York’s historic sites from a different perspective
  • Listen to relaxing swing and jazz background music
  • Enjoy a glass of prosecco or hot chocolate from the on-board bar
Full description
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, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks.
  • River cruise
  • Background music
  • Access to on-board facilities (bar, rest room)
  • Boarding drink
  • Food and drinks

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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 9SR) 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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  • 2 of the boats are wheelchair accessible, the River Palace and River Duchess. The River Duchess also has a wheelchair accessible toilet. To confirm if you are sailing on the River Palace and/or River Duchess, please call the activity provider
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 230 reviews

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What a great experience. Each lovely member of the tour company staff was excellent and took good care of us. Captain Laurie made this trip fun—with his awesome live commentary. He had everyone giggling and we learned a lot. He also spotted a seal on the banks! Was that ever incredible. It was a great way to sit back and relax and to see the city from another perspective.

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September 16, 2022

The experience was really beautiful and romantic if going with a parter. The music that was played was calming and worked well with the scene. Despite it being cold, getting all wrapped up and snuggly was so cute (make sure to bring something warm!) However, the journey was a bit too long towards the end, going up and past the city and coming back on ourselves would have been enough of a journey (even though the sights were better on the last 20 to 30 minutes). Overall, was very nice being at the top of the cruise.

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August 30, 2022

Me and my wife booked this boat trip whilst on our little honeymoon getaway .it was so romantic ,the views were beautiful and the staff were so friendly , me and my wife could just sit there on the top deck having a cuddle , drinking prosseco whilst looking at all the night time view's of york . All in all it was a lovely experience and would highly recommend.

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August 27, 2022

Product ID: 103868