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City Cruises York - Sightseeing Cruises

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

Tel: 01904 628324

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City Cruises York Ouse Bridge


Please note that despite the closure of some of York's visitor attractions, City Cruises York are still open for business.

You can use the promo code VISITYORK to get 20% off any of our sightseeing or dining cruises, or our self drive boats. You can find full information about our cruises and make a booking here:

For any questions that you may have regarding our operations and COVID-19, please go to or call 01904 628324.


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 28th January to 29th November 2019, with regular sailings from 10:30am to 3pm from King's Staith (up to 4:30pm from May to August) and from 10:40am to 3:10pm from Lendal Bridge (up to 4:40pm from May to August).

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 March to late 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 45 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 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 30th 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, and have been shortlisted in the Guided Tour of the Year and Large Visitor Attraction of the Year categories 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

High Season 2020 (11 May 2020 - 30 Sept 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 16:10
Bank Holiday10:30 - 16:10
Low Season 2020 (1 Oct 2020 - 27 Nov 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 15:00
Twixmas 2020 (26 Dec 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* 2020: Please note that due to the Coronavirus all cruises up to and including 10th May 2020 have been suspended.

There are four Daytime City Cruises operating every day from the 1st January - 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), plus from 1st May to 30th September at 16:00 from King's Staith Landing (16:10 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

  • Save 20% on daytime sightseeing cruise tickets using the promo code VISITYORK

    York City Cruise Family Offer

    Offer valid for all travel dates in March and April 2020. 

    For full details and to book tickets, click here.


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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult fromfrom £8.50 to £9.50 per adult

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


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  • On-site light refreshments


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups


  • French signs/guides
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  • 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


  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Tourism Awards Finalist York Tourism Awards Finalist 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Pass Accepted York Pass Accepted 2018
  • Yorkshire AwardsVisit York Tourism Awards Winner 2019 Visit York Tourism Awards Winner 2019 2019
  • Yorkshire AwardsVisit York Tourism Awards Finalist 2019 Visit York Tourism Awards Finalist 2019 2019

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