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Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York

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  • 45 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See the historic city of York from a different perspective during a 45-minute or 1-hour cruise on the Ouse River. Relax during a leisurely sail, accompanied by commentary that details the history and culture of York, and enjoy unobstructed views of landmarks such as Clifford’s Tower and the York Museum and Gardens. Choose from several departure times to suit your schedule.
  • 45 minutes or 1-hour sightseeing cruise in York
  • See the historic city of York from a different perspective during the cruise
  • Enjoy unobstructed views of landmarks such as Clifford’s Tower and the York Museum and Gardens
  • Choose from several departure times throughout the day

What's Included

  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure & Return

Possible departure locations

Departure Point

  • YO1 9SN
    King's Staith, York YO1 9SN, UK

    This a short walk away from the St George Field car park and around a 15 minute walk from York Station.

  • Lendal Bridge
    Lendal Bridge, York YO1 7DP, UK

    This is around a 7 minute walk from York Station.

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: This ticket is valid on one York Sightseeing Cruise departing on the named date. Your tour time will be allocated at the departure point on the day of travel upon arrival, for sailing between 10:30AM to 3:10PM.
  • Important information: Due to periods of heavy rainfalls in the catchment area upstream, the River Ouse in York can occasionally rise to levels which can have an impact on daily operations. Sailing will only be attempted as long as it’s safe. If indeed the water is too high for the boat to sail underneath the bridges, even for our smallest boat, sailing will be unattainable. In the event of such described occurrences, you will receive a full refund or you can use your ticket(s) on another date during your stay.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Customers are to join the queue and present their voucher on boarding.
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitisation during Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York?

A:The policies on sanitisation are:
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveller Tips

I would advise booking in advance as the queues we saw where very long, so people were waiting 40 mins for a seat due to not booking.
We will certainly book again when we visit York later in the year.
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Lovely way to see York by river
Louise_R, Aug 2022
Great time, lots of info. Weather great. Boat clean and skipper was funny. Ouse looked beautiful I'm the sunshine
York river cruise
Stacey_K, Aug 2022
A lovely cruise in York on a glorious day. The staff were very helpful and informative- would recommend it.
Torrid in York!
Brian_A, Aug 2022
The heat was insufferable and we were downstairs alongside a huge glass(I think) window. The strength of the sun made us feel that we were in a floating greenhouse!. Obviously the boat company had no control over this but we were just relieved to escape when we landed.
Lovely activity to do in York
AnneMarie_M, Aug 2022
Seeing York from another perspective was interesting. It was stiflingly hot so we opted to stay inside. The boat was spotless and the chairs very comfortable.
River cruise
judith_m, Aug 2022
Great staff on the boat - very friendly and the commentary was first class. Thoroughly enjoyed our trip.
Great tour
David_P, Aug 2022
A much better cruise than I was expecting - a very good commentary pointed out all the landmarks. Not to be missed.
Gillian_D, Aug 2022
Nice friendly staff captain told us a lot and was funny with it nice to just sit and relax down the river will go again next time in York
Ouse Cruise
Phyllis_W, Aug 2022
Loved the commentary- we were allowed to board the 14:30 cruise instead of the 15:00 - great to be able to have very reasonably priced Gin & Tonics Great service lovely friendly staff
Relaxing and comfortable
siva787, Aug 2022
Relaxing and enjoyable trip, along with excellent commentary. Definitely recommend if you are traveling with family to York.
Great cruise
Stuart_T, Jul 2022
Great commentary on the boat a good hour spent on the ouse and well looked after by the crew well recommend
Worth the money
Leta_P, Jul 2022
Guide was very helpful explaining the sights along the River Ouse, especially the history of the bridges
very beautiful and relaxing
Patricia_C, Jul 2022
the commentary was so helpful on our first day in York. loved the short trip. boat was lovely and comfortable.
Didnt rate it at all, it...
Corinne_N, Jul 2022
Didnt rate it at all, it was quite boring and not an awful lot to see and not much narrated. The prices on board were ridiculously high for water.
Enjoyable trip
Jill_S, Jul 2022
The trip was a gentle, fun trip along tye river. The commentary was good. Our guide was well informed and f.unny
river tour
Mark_H, Jul 2022
Very relaxing and informative tour well worth going on easy to find and staff where excellent five stars
It is very short and the...
Yara_E, Jul 2022
It is very short and the chairs are not comfortable, needs to be more comfy and longer time as well..
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Nice but …,,,,,
Jonathan_C, Jul 2022
Nice trip good commentary boat could have been more celubrious Great organisation and easy to book Boat needs modernising
Great day out.
David_C, Jul 2022
Laurie the skipper was top entertainemnt as well as excellent knowledge. The weather was also perfect...
Great value for money and a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon!
Roslyn_M, Jul 2022
Great hour spent on the water. The guide was very informative and enthusiastic. Great value for the money and a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon in York.
Decent tour; Good change of pace
Bryan_H, Jul 2022
Nice short enjoyable boat ride to pick up a little more on the history of Bath. Commentary is good. Would say you can’t see the more popular sites from the river. Kids liked it although it can get a bit cold up on top


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