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City Cruises York - Red Boats

Boat Hire

Kings Staith Landing, York, YO10 4AB

Tel: 01904 628324

City Cruises York - Red Boats

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About us

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 online between 10:00am and 3pm from Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) and from 10:00am to 11:30am on weekends and Bank Holidays. Hires after 11:30am on these days must be arranged in person at the quayside. Online bookings must be made by 8am on the day of travel.

Pre-book your 1 hour Red Boat hire by clicking here.

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 Times

* Available to hire every day from 9.45am from 25th March to 4th November, 2018. The earliest closing time is 3pm, with subsequent hires available after this time during periods of high demand (closing time may be earlier if subject to severe bad weather conditions or high river levels).



  • Children welcome


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowed

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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.

Accessible by Public Transport: York station is 1 mile away.

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