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Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York

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    The 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. The 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 on Viator it will be valid for whatever duration cruise is operated on the day of your visit.

    The 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. The 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 this beautiful city.

    York City Cruises can sail on all five vessels in their 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.
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    All reviews top deck different perspective minute trip captain aaron informative commentary live commentary friendly crew turned around relaxing hour lovely sunny day running commentary spur of the moment beautiful city upstairs and downstairs early afternoon nice trip recommend this trip
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    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    Joined the 3pm trio which was quite full. Sat downstairs for some and upstairs about half way onwards. Views from both were good. The commentator drones on a bit but he was only doing his job. Good way to see a bit more of York.

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    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    This really is worth the money. Just sit back and enjoy a witty and educational talk from the skipper. Ours was Keith. Interesting hearing about the flooding that occurs. Dont listen too hard about the Kings Arms tho... you cant take pictures inside it so...More

    Thank chriscQ8572YF
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    Lovely cruise! Fabulous commentary from the very knowledgable Keith! He Made the trip really enjoyable, funny and interesting and obviously loves what he does! Thanks so much!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank samantha m
    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    A lovely trip up/down the Ouse with Keith as our guide and pilot. The crew were efficient and friendly too. Only downside is the school classroom type chairs. But they're ok for an hour or so. Best views from the top of the boat so...More

    Thank Y941ZJbillh
    Reviewed 3 days ago

    Really enjoyed my hour long cruise down the Ouse, despite a brief downpour. Keith was informative and entertaining and had a great hat!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Cazza196650
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    Response from terryelse | Reviewed this property |
    We just paid on the day.
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    Response from MarkIngmanthorpe | Reviewed this property |
    You can just turn up & pay before boarding
    May 15, 2019|
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    Response from chrisJHorn78 | Reviewed this property |
    When we went on board there was a couple with two large well behaved dogs so I would say yes you can.
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