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York Afternoon Tea Cruise

4.3 / 5

86 reviews

York Afternoon Tea Cruise

From US$ 41.03 per person

Indulge in a delightful cruise with a selection of dainty home-made sandwiches, delicious finger desserts and fruit scone with preserve and cream. All served with freshly brewed tea and coffee.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • See the stunning Bishopthorpe Palace, 13th Century residence of His Grace the Archbishop of York
  • Enjoy a delicious, homemade afternoon tea served on board
  • Listen to a combination of informative, live commentary and relaxing, background music
Full description
Enjoy this charming cruise aboard the Captain James Cook boat, with delicious food, sailing daily from April to September. Be delighted by this 1.5-hour cruise with a selection of dainty home-made sandwiches, delicious finger desserts and a fruit scone with preserve and cream. All served with freshly brewed tea and coffee. This cruise departs from King’s Staith Landing. Your cruise will also include an informative commentary from a local, knowledgeable skipper as you sail through the city and then downstream to Bishopthorpe Palace, the stunning riverside residence of His Grace the Archbishop of York. Relaxing background music will play between the live commentary. The menu includes several rounds of sandwiches including coronation chicken, sliced ham with mustard mayo, egg mayonnaise and cress and cream cheese and cucumber. As well as homemade scones you will also be served a selection of cakes including carrot cakes and lemon drizzle cakes. Unlimited tea and coffee are also available.
  • 1.5-hour cruise
  • Afternoon tea
  • Refillable tea or coffee
  • Alcoholic drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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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

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Unfortunately, the Afternoon Tea Cruise does not sail on a wheelchair accessible vessel and so there will be some steps before you get to your table
  • Please note there are also no baby changing facilities, highchair facilities or push-chair storage on this vessel
  • Most dietary requirements are catered for, but need to be requested when booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 86 reviews

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Me and my cousin took our Grandmother to this. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to do something a little different, could not fault one single thing about it! The sandwiches were fresh, cakes so mouth watering & moist, and piping hot tea and coffee! We went on a really rainy day and the weather definitely did not damper our trip! We are going to make it a yearly thing to do.

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October 6, 2021

Lovely trip up the river and to learn sbout the history. The afternoon tea was excellent along with the staff on board. I think the only small thing to enhance the ambiance of the trip would be table clothes on the table. If if they were only paper ones. Other than that was good

September 6, 2021

Nice afternoon tea

Good afternoon tea, good variety of sandwiches and delicious cakes. Staff very helpful and polite. It was a very hot afternoon and the clotted cream was on the plates when we boarded so by the time we came to eat it it was very runny and spoilt. Sadly the quality of the commentary meant we couldn't understand it. Enjoyed the boat trip but had expected to see more of York. Booked for birthday celebration and enjoyed by all of the group of 8 of us

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June 30, 2019

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