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Boat Trips, £25-£40





Enjoy a leisurely hour exploring York from the helm of your own self drive motor boat! Fantastic fun, safe and easy to drive - seating up to eight people. There are 14 boats altogether in the fleet. Why not bring a picnic to enjoy along the way?

Online bookings: you can now book a Self Drive Red Boat for a morning hire from Monday to Friday (hire times available between 10:0am and 12 noon) or on weekends (hire times available from 10:00am to 11:30am). Afternoon hires must be arranged in person at the Red Boat Hire Point. Book ahead online today at

Terms and Conditions:
The hirer MUST be 18 years or over, you may be asked to provide ID.
The hire MUST NOT be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Maximum of 8 people per boat.
All children under the age of 10 MUST wear a life jacket.
The hirer MUST read and abide by the RULES OF THE RIVER, which are displayed on board.
The hourly charge and security deposit MUST be paid in full by cash before the boat is let.
City Cruises York (operators of RedBoat) reserve the right to refuse to hire a Red Boat to anyone deemed likely to breach the terms of hire. All male or all female parties may be refused hire.
The hire will be terminated if customer behaviour is seen to be/reported to be unacceptable.

Part or all of the deposit will be retained if:
• The boat is more than 10 minutes late returning to the landing (unless the hirer can satisfy the Red Boat Staff that there is a valid reason).
• The boat is excessively dirty and requires more than 5 minutes cleaning.
• The boat is damaged in any way.
(Please note that City Cruises York reserves the right to refuse single sex groups/hen and stag parties)

Opening details

Available to hire every day from 9.45am from 24th March to 4th November, 2018. Closing times may vary, subject to weather and demand.


Seasonal prices from £25-£40 per hour plus a returnable security bond. Cheaper rates available for half hour hires.

Early bird prices often available from 9:45am to 12 Noon - please call for more details.



See location of City Cruises York - Red Boats on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 600519  Lat: 53.95495 Long: -1.08159

By Rail:
Turn left out of the station, follow the road under the City Walls. Walk straight ahead onto Rougier Street, turn left at the T Junction onto Bridge Street. Walk across Ouse Bridge. The landing is down the steps on the right hand side of the bridge, near the King's Arms Pub.

By Road:
York has good road links from the A1 via the A59, A64 and A19. Simply follow the signs for the city centre, signposted from the A1237 Outer Ring Road & A64 Bypass.

Nearest Car Parks:

St George's Field Car Park (YO10 4AB)

Castle Car Park (YO1 9SN)

Park & Ride: With six cleverly located sites surrounding the city centre getting into York has never been easier.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from York station


Kirsty Witham

01904 628324


Kings Staith Landing,
YO10 4AB


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed


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