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York: River Ouse City Cruise

Activity provider: City Cruises York

York: River Ouse City Cruise

Activity provider: City Cruises York
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From US$ 15.34 per person

Spend a relaxing hour on the River Ouse and see the sights of York from a different perspective. With the flexibility of an anytime ticket, you'll enjoy the entertaining and informative commentary of a live guide at the time of day of your choice.

About this activity

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Duration 45 minutes
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Live tour guide


  • Admire York’s historic sites from a different perspective with an anytime ticket
  • 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. Your cruise departs from the King's Staith 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, restrooms, 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, restroom)
  • 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

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

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
  •  Otherwise, your ticket is valid on one York Sightseeing Cruise departing on the named date sailing between 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 680 reviews

Review summary

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If you want a bit of time out from the huddle of old York town, this is it. Allows you to relax and take in sights from a very different perspective. With attentive staff and a very engaging captain with a wealth of knowledge, it's a really enjoyable 45 minutes. Well worth going on, and all I can say is I'm glad I didn't have my kilt on! Miss it at your peril.

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June 16, 2022

Lovely relaxing trip down the river. The commentary was just the right balance of history and interesting facts combined with some humour and wit. The boat was clean and well maintained with a bar serving hot and cold drinks and snacks. There were toilets on board too, very clean and well stocked with handwash and paper towels. I'd definitely book again.

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June 9, 2022

Really enjoyed our trip. Chatty pilot with a slightly cheesy travelogue pointing out places of interest along the route and telling a few stories of York. I would recommend going on the upper open air deck to get the best view of the river. Some friends preferred to stay downstairs where there is a small bar. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. The only issue we had was the time stated on my booking was 10minutes earlier than the time of actual departure .... Brief worry that I had been scammed! Seems to be a booking glitch.

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May 20, 2022

Product ID: 103859