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Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York

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Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York

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

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • 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
    • OPERATED BY City Cruises York
    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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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    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
    See all safety measures taken by Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York.
    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
    See all safety measures taken by Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York.
    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
    See all safety measures taken by Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York.

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    • "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." See review
    • "We will certainly book again when we visit York later in the year." See review


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    York river cruise
    , May 2022
    A very warm welcome by staff , wonderful commentary by Captain Chris along with river sightseeing . This 1 hr journey is nice to have if you visit york
    A nice cruise down the...
    , May 2022
    A nice cruise down the Ouse, staff very friendly and commentary good and humorous, such a pity it wasn't sunny
    Poor sound quality
    , May 2022
    Staff were friendly, boat nice and clean, soft drinks and snacks reasonably priced but quality of sound was dreadful. Neither myself or my two grandchildren were able to understand the commentary which really spoilt the trip for us. Maybe other boats have better sound systems, who knows?
    Great time with friends
    , May 2022
    A great knowledgeable happy experience. Really enjoyed it. The boat even had a bar! Our experience lasted an hour we will be able to see the sights along the river as well as waving to all the people as we passed by.
    Great experience! Central...
    , Apr 2022
    Great experience! Central to everything, bar onboard and lovely views of York. Perfect for friends, family and couples
    The boat was on time, The...
    , Apr 2022
    The boat was on time, The view was nice, the commentary had good humour, the weather was lovely, the team were very friendly.
    Below expectations
    , Mar 2022
    Overall staff were nice but the cruise was definitely below my expectations, Not worth the money spent.Definitely wouldn't be doing it again.
    Fantastic 5 Stars
    , Mar 2022
    Fantastic boat trip, great staff very helpful and informative, tour guide was excellent, overall a 5* experience xx
    An awesome cruise!!
    , Mar 2022
    The cruise was really amazing and the tour guide was completely hilarious. Loved every bit of hearing the history of york
    The staff were brilliant...
    , Mar 2022
    The staff were brilliant & the commentary was great with historical facts & a few jokes thrown in too Felt very safe on board 👍🏼😊
    Very good information.We...
    , Mar 2022
    Very good information.We would recommend this trip to friends.Skipper was very funny and engaging.5s 🌟 all the way.
    The weather was beautiful...
    , Mar 2022
    The weather was beautiful and were able to see the views. The staff were very friendly, and appropriate information was given to us. Will recommend it to others.
    City Cruises Ouse Cruise
    , Mar 2022
    Informative and humorous commentary. Would have been better on top deck, but we weren't dressed appropriately!
    Great river trip
    , Mar 2022
    The skipper of the boat was very knowledgeable and the whole was great. Very reasonably priced as well as I booked online. Lovely views of the city of York from the river OUSE.
    Love it.
    , Mar 2022
    The trip was amazing, as a Cruise stuff was very professional and knew what they ate talking about. Loved it, will back summer time.
    Pleasant way to spend 90 minutes.
    , Mar 2022
    Found the whole trip to be very informative, the guide tells us about the history of the buildings, on both banks of the river. From The Vikings, Guy Fawkes Schooldays (inc the school he actually went too), York Minster, Roman Occupation and The Chocolate Manufacturers. Beer/Drinks were available from the bar. Cons: Gets cold if you don't have the weather, wrap up!
    Rosie and jim!
    , Feb 2022
    Standing on the top with a cup of tea soaking up the fresh air and taking a good view of whats around!
    The river cruise...
    , Feb 2022
    The river cruise experience is a must when in York. Friendly staff, knowledgeable guide and good onboard facilites.
    Lovely little cruise
    , Feb 2022
    Enjoyed the trip and the history, I would probably sit on the top deck next time as I couldn't hear the commentary because of the chattering from some of the customers.
    Nice time
    , Feb 2022
    We had a nice time on the Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York, UK. Unfortunately the narrator had such a heavy Yorkshire accent, we struggled to pick out a word or two at a time. Besides his accent, he spoke too fast.

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