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Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York

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Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York

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Overview

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.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    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.
    Q:
    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.
    Q:
    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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    star-5
    Nice trip doon the water !!!!
    john_k
    , Jun 2022
    Had a lovely trip down the river Ouse in York. Kris was our captain and gave us a lovely commentary during the trip. Would recommend to all
    star-4
    great scenery
    Diane_C
    , Jun 2022
    Great scenery, the commentary was really interesting. The only issue was the change of itinerary, but this was due to unforeseen circumstances.
    star-5
    Informative boat trip
    Amy_H
    , Jun 2022
    Great views; very comfortable & informative. Crew was great; very funny & accommodating. Would definitely return in the future.
    star-5
    Great trip
    Susan_C
    , Jun 2022
    Good commentary and driver was very knowledgeable. Friendly staff and learnt some different things about York.
    star-5
    Fantastic
    SteveandJoeyKellogg
    , Jun 2022
    Great narration of the sites, very pleasant crew and the weather was fantastic. Highly recommended excursion.
    star-5
    Most enjoyable river trip
    Chris_J
    , Jun 2022
    Our tour guide/ Captain called Laurie was very knowledgeable and pointed out some very interesting things on the way . He was also very friendly and a bit of a comedian ! All in all myself and daughter really enjoyed the river trip.
    star-3
    Good for something to do
    Vanessa_R
    , Jun 2022
    A good little tour to hear about the history of York but not a lot to see along the river. The driver was very knowledgable and friendly, but quite a short tour.
    star-5
    Ouse cruise
    Jackie_W
    , Jun 2022
    Informative guide. Friendly and polite staff. Departed on time. Value for money. Easy access. Nice place to wait for the boat.
    star-5
    Brilliant hour on river Ouse
    scott_w
    , Jun 2022
    Now know every bridges history, Had some really good info on York, Plus some bad jokes. Had a few drinks not bad price
    star-3
    Poor volume on commentary, but nice way to spend an afternoon
    lisa_h
    , Jun 2022
    Beautiful scenery and nice trip but really let down by the sound. We couldn't hear a word of the commentary and when I brought this to the attention of a staff member he didnt seem too bothered and advised me they always say at the beginning if there are any problems with sound, please come up and see us. He missed the obvious point that we couldn't hear him say that!
    star-5
    The captain gave his own...
    Victoria_F
    , Jun 2022
    The captain gave his own comedic spin on live commentary. No pre recorded content. The bar provides a nice warm drink in the cold open top deck
    star-5
    Amazing your <3
    Kathryn_D
    , Jun 2022
    Chris was great. Cheesy jokes but great. It was a beautiful day to have a tour of York, so much history I didn’t know about. Thank you
    star-2
    Not worth the $16 pounds.
    dawn_c
    , Jun 2022
    It was a non eventful slow ride up the river. I couldn’t hear the captain as the speaker system was terrible. Really nothing to see.
    star-3
    Lovely ride but the staff let it down
    Catherine_H
    , May 2022
    Lovely ride down & up the river Ouse. Sadly my friends couldn’t hear what the guide was saying as it was too quiet & he just didn’t seem interested in telling us at all-rather just churned out his script.the lady who checked our tickets was also “ just doing her job” it was clear that really we were an inconvenience to her, as she wasn’t at all friendly-a total reverse of the guides at Chattsworth house who were amazing & delighted in making us welcome. LOVELY ride & a great way to see the city but come on guys-be engaged, be pleased to see us, show passion for your beautiful city!
    star-5
    York river cruise
    Bhavesh_P
    , May 2022
    A very warm welcome by staff , wonderful commentary by Captain Chris along with river sightseeing . This 1 hr journey is nice to have if you visit york
    star-4
    A nice cruise down the...
    Ian_M
    , May 2022
    A nice cruise down the Ouse, staff very friendly and commentary good and humorous, such a pity it wasn't sunny
    star-3
    Poor sound quality
    Julia_H
    , May 2022
    Staff were friendly, boat nice and clean, soft drinks and snacks reasonably priced but quality of sound was dreadful. Neither myself or my two grandchildren were able to understand the commentary which really spoilt the trip for us. Maybe other boats have better sound systems, who knows?
    star-5
    Great time with friends
    shirlraymond
    , May 2022
    A great knowledgeable happy experience. Really enjoyed it. The boat even had a bar! Our experience lasted an hour we will be able to see the sights along the river as well as waving to all the people as we passed by.
    star-5
    Great experience! Central...
    Catherine_S
    , Apr 2022
    Great experience! Central to everything, bar onboard and lovely views of York. Perfect for friends, family and couples
    star-4
    The boat was on time, The...
    Ope_A
    , Apr 2022
    The boat was on time, The view was nice, the commentary had good humour, the weather was lovely, the team were very friendly.

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