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City Cruises York - Sightseeing Cruises

Boat Trips

City Cruises York, Kings Staith, York, YO1 9SN

Tel: 01904 628324

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City Cruises York Ouse Bridge




And we have two special offers for you when you book ahead at least 1 day before! 

Save 10% on any of our cruises or our self drive boat hire!

Or, book 4 tickets for our daytime York City Cruise and you receive the cheapest one for free!

See below for full details and the promo codes.

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 4th July to 27th November 2020 and 26th December to 31st December 2020, 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 from 4th July to the 21st of November 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 from the 28th November to the 23rd of 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.

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Opening Times

Low Season 2020 (1 Oct 2020 - 27 Nov 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 15:00
Twixmas 2020 (26 Dec 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* There are four Daytime City Cruises operating every day until the 27th November 2020 and from the 26th December to 31st December 2020 at 10:30, 12:00, 13:30 & 15:00 from King's Staith Landing (10 minutes later from Lendal Bridge Landing. All journeys subject to river conditions.

MANY MORE cruises operate during April - October, with trips departing approximately every 30 minutes throughout the day. Sailing times are displayed at both City Cruises York landings.

Special Offers

  • Members of the NHS, emergency services, social care sector and armed forces community can find great City Cruises discounts on the Blue Light Card app!

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  • Save 10% on daytime sightseeing cruise tickets using the promo code VISITYORK.

    Or, book 4 daytime sightseeing cruise tickets and the cheapest one goes free using the promo code VISITYORK1GOESFREE!

    York City Cruise Family Offer

    Offer valid for all travel dates up to and including the 27th November 2020, when you book at least 1 day in advance. 

    For full details and to book tickets, click here.


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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult from£10.50 per adult

Prices from :
Adults - £10.50 - £11.50
Concessions - £9.00 - £10.00
Child (5-15) - £6.00 - £6.50
Under 5's - Free
Family - £27.00 - £30.00 (up to 2 adults and 3 children)


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  • Disabled access


  • On-site light refreshments


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups


  • French signs/guides
  • German signs/guides
  • Spanish signs/guides

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted


  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020
  • Yorkshire AwardsVisit York Tourism Awards Finalist 2019 Visit York Tourism Awards Finalist 2019 2019
  • Yorkshire AwardsVisit York Tourism Awards Winner 2019 Visit York Tourism Awards Winner 2019 2019
  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Pass Accepted York Pass Accepted 2018
  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Tourism Awards Finalist York Tourism Awards Finalist 2016

Road Directions

Please note that we have two departure points on the River Ouse in the City of York. Lendal Bridge - The following cruises sail from the Lendal Bridge Landing: York City Cruises, Party Nights Afloat, Christmas Nights Afloat, Santa Experience, Some Private Charters. The nearest car parks to Lendal Bridge are Marygate Car Park (YO30 7DT) and Esplanade Car Park (YO1 6FZ). King's Staith - The following cruises sail from King's Staith: York City Cruises, Self Drive Red Boats, Early Evening Cruise, Floodlit Evening Cruise, Afternoon Tea Cruise, Lunch Cruise, River Bus, Some Private Hires The nearest car parks to King's Staith are St Georges Field Car Park (YO10 4AB) and Castle Car Park (YO1 9SA). 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. 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

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