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York, England Boats & yachts

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York: River Ouse City Cruise

1. York: River Ouse City Cruise

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.

York: River Ouse Early Evening Cruise

2. York: River Ouse Early Evening Cruise

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.

York: Self-Steer Boat Rental

3. York: Self-Steer Boat Rental

Enjoy a leisurely one hour hire, exploring York from the helm of your own self-steer motorboat. Become a captain and explore the sites of York’s riverside in style. Your private boat can accommodate up to 8 people and will provide plenty of room for you all to head out on your own aquatic adventure, exploring the same river that brought the Vikings to this beautiful city. You will receive full instructions on how to operate your motor boat along with safety and river rules, whilst life jackets will be provided for any children. Your boat operating area is along a route that will along you to take in the whole city from the river within the one hour. Additionally, on a half hour hire you can operate within this area and will be able to take in most of the built up section of the Ouse, or make your way down stream to the Millennium Bridge and back to the moorings again. Please note that the boats cannot be taken past Clifton Bridge or the Millennium Bridge. You are not allowed to moor the boat up and disembark at any point on the river other than at the at King’s Staith (where your hire first began).

York: Party Cruise with Welcome Drink, Dinner, and DJ Music

4. York: Party Cruise with Welcome Drink, Dinner, and DJ Music

Make your a celebration perfect or have a special night out with this riverboat cruise. Warm up with a welcome fizz and hit the dance floor as the DJ cranks up the hottest music. Eat your fill with a delicious buffet dinner and get free access to Revolution York (subject to their availability).  Hop aboard a comfortable and spacious boat be welcomed by the crew. Pick up your welcome prosecco as you board. There'll be a reserved table where you can tuck into some mouth-watering party food crafted by the onboard chef. Purchase drinks from the fully-stocked bar. Let the on-board DJ keep you on the dance floor with hit after hit and don’t hesitate to request your favorite floor fillers during the cruise. Take in the city sites from the water as they light up for the night. Return to your meeting point at the end of the cruise. After the cruise, get free entry to Revolution York which is approximately a 5-Minute walk from the Lendal Bridge landing and boarding point. 

York: River Ouse Floodlit Evening Cruise

5. York: River Ouse Floodlit Evening Cruise

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.

York: Fish and Chips Cruise

6. York: Fish and Chips Cruise

There isn't a better way to enjoy the great British tradition of Fish & Chips than to sit back, relax, and take in the beautiful riverside of the majestic Minster city. Departing from the City Centre, you'll be handed your Fish & Chips freshly wrapped and delivered by the award-winning Mr Chippy with the option of washing it down with a wide range of refreshments available at our on-board bar. Throughout the cruise, you'll be entertained by music as well as live captain's commentary before returning back to York well-fed, watered and wanting to come back for more!

York: Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise

7. York: Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise

The Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise is an ideal way to escape the busy shopping streets and step into the Christmas spirit. Your ticket includes a choice of hot drink (tea, coffee or hot chocolate) and a mince or apple pie.The one-hour relaxing cruise features traditional Christmas songs, punctuated with live captain’s commentary. Leave from old port district at King’s Staith, pass underneath the Millennium Bridge before leaving the outskirts of the city and sail past the site of the Battle of Fulford, arguably one of the most significant in the history of the United Kingdom. Experience a fantastic chance to look out for wildlife including swans, cormorants and kingfishers, as you leave the city centre and sail downstream to the village of Bishopthorpe. The vessel turns at the glorious 13th century Bishopthorpe Palace, official residence of the Archbishop of York. Your vessel will be equipped with an enclosed heated saloon, at least two toilets and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks.

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What people are saying about York, England

Everything went to plan and four of us ‘embarked’ on a peaceful river trip for an hour long oasis in our busy lives. We chatted and ate mince pies and watched the lovely scenery; I’d definitely book it again.

Had a lovely one hour trip , enjoyed the scenic beauties . The boat operator explained the history and area . They were very friendly in guiding as well . Worth the trip !

Fabulous cruise down the river oose. Lovely staff. Very informative and got a nice hot choice and mince pie. Well worth the price

Great Christmas cruise on The River Ouse. Christmas tubes played and the coffee and Apple pie was lovely.

Lovely relaxing trip along the river, the Skipper and staff were excellent, great friendly service.