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York City Cruise (King's Staith Landing)

York City Cruise (Lendal Bridge Landing)

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View the City from a different perspective

Our York City Cruise is both an entertaining and informative tour of the River Ouse. Escape the city rush and enjoy York from a different perspective whilst our friendly and knowledgeable team guide you leisurely up and downstream. These cruises depart from both of our landing stages; the King’s Staith Landing and the Lendal Bridge Landing.

A York City Cruise enables you to admire the scenery from the comfort of the enclosed saloon or the upper deck. Take home fascinating facts about the incredible history of York and its river from the live commentary delivered by our local skippers. You are more than welcome to treat yourself to a refreshing drink from the bar whilst resting your feet.

Our York City Cruises sail for either 45 minutes or 1 hour. The duration of the cruise is determined by the weather and demand. When booking your ticket online it will be valid for whatever duration cruise we are operating on the day of your visit.

Our 1 hour cruise will usually operate a route heading upstream to Clifton Bridge on the northern outskirts of the city and then downstream as far as the Millennium Bridge on the southern outskirts of the city, before returning upstream to the landing stage that you departed from.

Our 45-minute cruise will operate in the same area as the 1 hour cruise without going quite as far in either direction, passing right through the centre of the walled City of York.

During your cruise, your Captain will keep you entertained with a live, sightseeing commentary. Learn about York’s famous history of flooding and its previous prosperity as an inland port, all while sailing along the very river that brought the Romans and the Vikings to our beautiful city.

York City Cruises can sail on all five vessels in our fleet, each of which has an enclosed heated saloon, at least two toilets and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks.

If you have any questions about our York City Cruise, then you are welcome to call our Sales Office on 01904 628324. However, we hope that you will be able to find the answers here in our FAQs.

By purchasing tickets online/on board you agree to our Terms and Conditions of Carriage and accept the Ticket Terms and Conditions.

Please Note: Due to the nature of this cruise, YorkBoat reserve the right to refuse admission to Stag/Hen parties.


Special Offers

Join us for a York City Cruise and then complete your day out in York with either a discounted bus tour of our beautiful city, a discounted visit to York’s Chocolate Story or a discounted tour of the York Dungeons! Simply hand in the voucher printed on your cruise ticket, at the next attraction. (Not valid with other attraction offers. Correct at the time of writing, subject to change).

Use your York City Cruise ticket after your cruise to get a fantastic discount at one of the following attractions:

The York Dungeon

(up to 40% off)

Cityseeing York

(up to 25% off)

Yorks Chocolate Story

(up to 20% off)

Get more details on our Special Offers page.

Departure Points

Our York City Cruises sail from both of our landing stages; the King’s Staith Landing and the Lendal Bridge Landing. Your cruise will always return to the same landing from which it departed and in some instances may call at both of our landings at the end of the cruise. Ask the crew on the day for details.

Lendal Bridge Departure Point

Access an interactive Google Map to take you directly to our Lendal Bridge Landing

Sailing Dates and Times

Sailing Daily

Departures from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (King’s Staith Landing)

Departures from 10:40 a.m. – 3:10 p.m. (Lendal Bridge Landing)

4th of February 2017 – 26th of November 2017

There are 4 guaranteed cruises from each of our city centre landings on the above dates:

King’s Staith Landing Lendal Bridge Landing
10:30 a.m. 10:40 a.m.
12 noon 12:10 p.m.
1:30 p.m. 1:40 p.m.
3:00 p.m. 3:10 p.m.

Many more trips operate throughout the busier months of April – October, with trips usually departing every 30-45 minutes throughout the day. In good weather additional trips may sail later as well. Call 01904 628324 to enquire about later sailings. Sailing times are also displayed at each of the YorkBoat landings.

Longer/shorter trips may sometimes sail during the day at different rates. Shorter trips may sometimes sail later in the day at reduced rates. Online tickets are valid for any of our daytime sightseeing cruises on the date you that have booked them for.

Ticket Prices

Quayside (60 mins) Quayside (45 mins) Online
Adult (16+) £9.00 £8.50 £7.50
Concession (Senior or Student) £8.00 £7.50 £6.50
Child (5-15) £5.00 £4.50 £3.50
Under 5 Free Free Free
Family Ticket (2 Adults or Concessions and up to 3 Children) £24.00 £23.00 £22.00