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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

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What To Expect

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  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

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 canceled 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 sanitization during Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

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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Traveler 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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Informative, educational
Leslie_T, Nov 2022
Very informative and you got a different view of York than when you are walking around. A very calm cruise
Simon_D, Oct 2022
It was all really interesting with very knowledgeable staff and great value for money. We will definitely go again
A fun Day Out
Mary_L, Oct 2022
Even though it was a really wet day we had a fun time. The commentary was excellent. Cabin crew were first class.
Lovely way to spend an hour in York
Paul_G, Oct 2022
Great staff an very knowledgeable loved the views a lovely way to spend an hour in York highly recommend
Was good for a rest
Charles_L, Sep 2022
This was great for us because we needed a rest! It’s only 45 minutes and doesn’t have tons of historical information, but the narration was pleasant and the weather was good so we could sit outside.
Great way to wile away an hour
Tina_B, Sep 2022
Relaxing and informative, commentary was relaxed, humourous and the guide knowledgeable. Smooth ride.
Miroulla_S, Sep 2022
This was boring and a waste of time and money. The commentary sent us to sleep and we didn’t enjoy it at all.
MorganTrinity_N, Aug 2022
Beautiful views, very relaxing and great to learn some York history. Great day out, definitely recommend to everyone.
Great boat trip.
Linda_E, Aug 2022
The trip was very enjoyable and the sun was shining for us too. The staff were very friendly and courteous and allowed us to board for the 2.30 trip instead of the 3pm one. The commentary however, was too quiet and was difficult to hear. Would love to do it again.
Boat cruise up and down the Ouse
MICHELE_F, Aug 2022
The whole trip was very good. We were blessed with fantastic weather but Josh, the compare & driver was not only informative but very funny too. A lovely experience
Anne_B, Aug 2022
Brilliant commentary and wonderful sights. Easy to book and find.helpful crew onboard and on riverside.
Entertaining River Cruise
Lynn_C, Aug 2022
It was a very enjoyable trip for me and my daughter, Kris was very informative about York and funny, would recommend
Enjoyable Time
Severine_S, Aug 2022
The most memorable part of the experience was spending time with my family and the driver was very funny and entertaining
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


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