City Cruises York

City Cruises York

Cruise the Ouse with City Cruises York; enjoy York’s No. 1 sightseeing tour; an entertaining and informative cruise on the River Ouse.

What better way to explore an incredible city and its gorgeous surroundings than by taking an unforgettable trip along stunning waterways with York City Cruises?

Few cities can boast the same stunning blend of history, architecture, and scenic beauty as York.

The city’s waterways were instrumental in shaping the settlement across more than a millennium of history, and York City Cruises offer an exclusive way to discover the one-of-a-kind town.

However you want to explore the York’s rivers, this award-winning attraction has a perfect solution.

Join a guided tour with local history experts, or seize the helm of your own boat and set sail for adventure!

History comes alive on the water

York’s history is as sprawling, fascinating, and astounding as the city itself.

The city’s rivers have been its lifeblood since ancient times, and now they offer sightseers a fresh perspective on familiar scenes.

After boarding one of York City Cruise’s fine vessels, passengers can relax in comfort in the enclosed saloon, or enjoy the fresh air on-deck.

And, unlike many other sightseeing tours available, the on-board bar ensures a full selection of hot beverages, soft drinks, and snacks are available at any time throughout the trip.

When you set sail and your local skipper begins to regale passengers with entertaining historical commentary, you’ll be left in no doubt why the experience ranks as York’s number one sightseeing tour.

Take the helm

The Vikings who settled in York (or Jorvik, as it was then called) were famed for their sailing prowess, and now you can follow in their wake.

Take command for one of the fleet’s fourteen, red, self-drive motorboats, and explore York’s waterways at your leisure.

Each boat can accommodate up to eight adventurers, and each party will be given a full briefing on how to operate the vessel, rules of the river, and safety guidelines before casting off.

The experience is perfect for adventurous groups who want to experience York in a new and exciting way.

Your cruise, your way

Cruises and offerings change according to the time of year and even time of day.

Wrap up warm and join a Special Festive Cruises at Christmastime, or navigate by the stars on a relaxing evening cruise.

Whatever the occasion, there’s always plenty on offer at York City Cruises.

If you’re looking for something specific, the company also offers exclusive private hire services, tailoring the cruise to customers’ exact needs.

An award-winning service

The sheer quality displayed by York City Cruises is often remarked upon by visitors, but it has also won acclaim from several of august bodies, including TripAdvisor, York Get Your Guide, and the Good Business Charter.

Perhaps the most impressive accolades the organisation has received are being named Visitor Attraction of the Year, and a York Press award for Retail, Tourism and Leisure Business of the Year.

Where to find them

York City Cruises operates from two landings close to the heart of York:

King’s Staith Landing, King’s Staith, York, YO1 9SN

Lendal Bridge Landing, Lendal Bridge, York, YO1 7DP



Accessible by Public Transport, Guide Dogs Welcome,


Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,




Disabled Access- We recommend that wheelchair users and customers with reduced mobility use our King’s Staith Landing. It is not possible to accommodate mobility scooters on board but they may be left near the landing stage or in our boatyard during the cruise. Unfortunately, due to the design of the boats, access to the upper decks can be difficult for those with restricted mobility and may not be possible for wheelchair users. Two of our vessels, River Palace and River Duchess, have been adapted to make access to the lower decks easier. Disabled Toilets- River Duchess has an accessible toilet that is more suitable for wheelchair users. Facilities for visual/hearing impaired- Booklets that include much of the information given in the commentary are available on request in several languages including English and in Braille.





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    Opening Hours

    Office Opening Times: 09:00-17:00 (Sailing hours are subject to season, please email to find out more).


    10% discount on groups 21+


    The Boatyard, Lendal Bridge, York

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