Water activity

York: River Ouse Early Evening Cruise

Activity provider: City Cruises York

York: River Ouse Early Evening Cruise

Activity provider: City Cruises York

From US$ 16.67 per person

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

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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 388 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money
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The music was a bit loud and rather irritating. The cruise was something different and although it was rather cold it was a good experience. I am afraid of water and boats but I really enjoyed the trip. Shame we did not go earlier as not much to see. Would recommend but when lighter!!

November 13, 2022

Shorter than anticipated. Sound kept cutting out so couldn't hear the guide. blankets would be a great addition for the top deck. Brollies were on hand if needed. Seats were well spaced and relatively comfy. Warm inside but near impossible to see anything outside. Would recommend going during the day or sitting on the top deck. Staff friendly with bar and snacks on board.

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October 26, 2022

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

Product ID: 103862