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Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York

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Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York

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See the historic city of York from a different perspective during a 45-minute or 1-hour cruise on the Ouse River. Relax during a leisurely sail, accompanied by commentary that details the history and culture of York, and enjoy unobstructed views of landmarks such as Clifford’s Tower and the York Museum and Gardens. Choose from several departure times to suit your schedule.
  • 45 minutes or 1-hour sightseeing cruise in York
  • See the historic city of York from a different perspective during the cruise
  • Enjoy unobstructed views of landmarks such as Clifford’s Tower and the York Museum and Gardens
  • Choose from several departure times throughout the day
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Live commentary on board
Local guide
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Food and drinks, unless specified
  • YO1 9SN , King's Staith, York YO1 9SN, UK

    This a short walk away from the St George Field car park and around a 15 minute walk from York Station.

  • Lendal Bridge , Lendal Bridge, York YO1 7DP, UK

    This is around a 7 minute walk from York Station.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Please note: This ticket is valid on one York Sightseeing Cruise departing on the named date. Your tour time will be allocated at the departure point on the day of travel upon arrival, for sailing between 10:30AM to 3:10PM.
    • Important information: Due to periods of heavy rainfalls in the catchment area upstream, the River Ouse in York can occasionally rise to levels which can have an impact on daily operations. Sailing will only be attempted as long as it’s safe. If indeed the water is too high for the boat to sail underneath the bridges, even for our smallest boat, sailing will be unattainable. In the event of such described occurrences, you will receive a full refund or you can use your ticket(s) on another date during your stay.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Customers are to join the queue and present their voucher on boarding.
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    • OPERATED BY City Cruises York
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York.
    What is the social distancing policy during Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York.

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    • "I would advise booking in advance as the queues we saw where very long, so people were waiting 40 mins for a seat due to not booking." See review
    • "We will certainly book again when we visit York later in the year." See review

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    Great boat trip.
    , Aug 2022
    The trip was very enjoyable and the sun was shining for us too. The staff were very friendly and courteous and allowed us to board for the 2.30 trip instead of the 3pm one. The commentary however, was too quiet and was difficult to hear. Would love to do it again.
    Boat cruise up and down the Ouse
    , Aug 2022
    The whole trip was very good. We were blessed with fantastic weather but Josh, the compare & driver was not only informative but very funny too. A lovely experience
    , Aug 2022
    Brilliant commentary and wonderful sights. Easy to book and find.helpful crew onboard and on riverside.
    Entertaining River Cruise
    , Aug 2022
    It was a very enjoyable trip for me and my daughter, Kris was very informative about York and funny, would recommend
    Enjoyable Time
    , Aug 2022
    The most memorable part of the experience was spending time with my family and the driver was very funny and entertaining
    Lovely way to see York by river
    , Aug 2022
    Great time, lots of info. Weather great. Boat clean and skipper was funny. Ouse looked beautiful I'm the sunshine
    York river cruise
    , Aug 2022
    A lovely cruise in York on a glorious day. The staff were very helpful and informative- would recommend it.
    Torrid in York!
    , Aug 2022
    The heat was insufferable and we were downstairs alongside a huge glass(I think) window. The strength of the sun made us feel that we were in a floating greenhouse!. Obviously the boat company had no control over this but we were just relieved to escape when we landed.
    Lovely activity to do in York
    , Aug 2022
    Seeing York from another perspective was interesting. It was stiflingly hot so we opted to stay inside. The boat was spotless and the chairs very comfortable.
    River cruise
    , Aug 2022
    Great staff on the boat - very friendly and the commentary was first class. Thoroughly enjoyed our trip.
    Great tour
    , Aug 2022
    A much better cruise than I was expecting - a very good commentary pointed out all the landmarks. Not to be missed.
    , Aug 2022
    Nice friendly staff captain told us a lot and was funny with it nice to just sit and relax down the river will go again next time in York
    Ouse Cruise
    , Aug 2022
    Loved the commentary- we were allowed to board the 14:30 cruise instead of the 15:00 - great to be able to have very reasonably priced Gin & Tonics Great service lovely friendly staff
    Relaxing and comfortable
    , Aug 2022
    Relaxing and enjoyable trip, along with excellent commentary. Definitely recommend if you are traveling with family to York.
    Great cruise
    , Jul 2022
    Great commentary on the boat a good hour spent on the ouse and well looked after by the crew well recommend
    Worth the money
    , Jul 2022
    Guide was very helpful explaining the sights along the River Ouse, especially the history of the bridges
    very beautiful and relaxing
    , Jul 2022
    the commentary was so helpful on our first day in York. loved the short trip. boat was lovely and comfortable.
    Didnt rate it at all, it...
    , Jul 2022
    Didnt rate it at all, it was quite boring and not an awful lot to see and not much narrated. The prices on board were ridiculously high for water.
    Enjoyable trip
    , Jul 2022
    The trip was a gentle, fun trip along tye river. The commentary was good. Our guide was well informed and f.unny
    river tour
    , Jul 2022
    Very relaxing and informative tour well worth going on easy to find and staff where excellent five stars

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