SERVICE UPDATE: IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES, OUR SERVICES WILL RESUME AS FOLLOWS: Self Drive Boat Hire - 1st April All Daytime and Evening Sightseeing Cruises - 17th May All Daytime and Evening Dining Cruises - 17th May All Parties and Private Events - 21st June
EXTENSIVE CLEANING AND PLENTY OF ROOM FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING HAVE EARNED US THE VISIT BRITAIN ‘WE’RE GOOD TO GO’ AND AA ‘COVID CONFIDENT’ ACCREDITATIONS.
Reopening Special Offer: Save 20% on Lunch Cruise and Evening Dinner Cruise tickets using the promo code vydining20. This offer is valid for all scheduled sailing dates from the 18th May to the 30th June.
Recommended by Wallace & Gromit as one of the 'Cracking things to see and do.’
Daytime Sightseeing - York City Cruise Escape the hustle and bustle of the City and relax with York's number 1 sightseeing tour. A great photographic opportunity and chance to see the fascinating buildings, bridges and historic sights on the River Ouse in York. Look for stunning wildlife including Kingfishers. Treat yourself to a drink from the bar and rest your feet!
Our daytime York City Cruises sail nearly all year round, with at least four departures from each of our landings per day. Sailing daily, with regular sailings from 10:30am to 3pm from King's Staith.
The York City Cruise sails for 45 minutes or 1 hour. Click here to make a booking.
Evening Sightseeing - Early Evening Cruise
You can extend your time in York and take in an evening sightseeing cruise too. A 1 hour guided river trip suitable for the whole family, with interesting stories of York's fascinating and colourful history. Click here for full details and to book your tickets today. Other City Cruises York daytime and evening sailings: We have a range of trips to suit everyone from daytime sightseeing cruises, evening cruises, package cruises, party cruises and much more. Visit our website for more details.
Alternatively, click on each our cruise types below for more details and to book tickets online:
Self Drive Red Boats Why not try your hand at skippering your own boat by hiring one of our fleet of Self-Drive Red Boats?! They are fantastic fun, safe and easy to drive. Enjoy a leisurely half hour or maximum one-hour hire, exploring York from the helm of your own self-drive motorboat. Become a captain and explore the sites of York’s riverside in style! Click here for full details.
City Cruises York Afternoon Tea Cruise A delightful 1 hour and 30 minute cruise with a selection of dainty home-made sandwiches, fruit scone with preserve & cream and delicious finger desserts. All served with freshly brewed tea and coffee. This cruise sails from our King’s Staith Landing only. The cruise will also include an informative commentary from our local, knowledgeable skipper as you sail through the city and then downstream to Bishopthorpe Palace, the stunning riverside residence of His Grace the Archbishop of York. Click here for full details.
City Cruises York Lunch Cruise Following the same route as the Afternoon Tea Cruises, enjoy a delicious 2 course, plated lunch served on board the Captain James Cook. Your dessert will also be accompanied by a tea or coffee. Click here for full details.
City Cruises York Floodlit Evening Cruise See York in a different light on a 70 minute floodlit tour. Relax onboard and enjoy a mixture of background music and captain's commentary. Departing on Fridays and Saturdays in August and September at 9.15pm from the King's Staith Landing. A great way to end your evening in York. Click here for full details.
City Cruises York Party Nights Afloat Cruise A 3 hour party cruise which includes boarding drink, disco, 2 course buffet and a 3 hour floodlit cruise. Departing at 7.30pm from Lendal Bridge. Click here for full details.
City Cruises York River Bus Service Hop aboard to experience a relaxing, hassle free journey from Naburn to York and back again! No sitting in traffic - and there's plenty to see as you travel upstream past Bishopthorpe Palace and into the heart of the historic city of York. Click here for full details.
Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise Sailing daily on dates from November to December, our Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise is an ideal way to escape the busy shopping streets and step into the Christmas spirit. Click here for full details. Limited disabled access. Wheelchair access is usually available on the York City Cruise from our King's Staith landing stage only. A full access statement is available on the City Cruises York website.
City Cruises York have been finalists for great customer service with both Visit York and the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards in 2012, were named as "Highly Commended" in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category at the Visit York Tourism Awards in 2018, was shortlisted in the Guided Tour of the Year and was the proud winner of the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category for the 2019 Visit York Tourism Awards!
Our friendly team will take great care of you from boarding to disembarking the boat.
- On-site light refreshments
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- Facilities for educational visits
- Groups welcome
- French signs/guides
- German signs/guides
- Spanish signs/guides
- Facilities for corporate hospitality
- Parking with charge
- Dogs Accepted
- Smoking not allowed
- Regional Tourist Board Member
- Groups welcome
- Coach parties accepted