Overview & description

View York from a different perspective whilst our friendly team guide you along the beautiful River Ouse aboard one of our dining cruises or daytime or evening sightseeing cruises. Join us for one of our sightseeing cruises and admire the scenery from the comfort of the heated saloon or open top deck. Take home fascinating facts on the history of York and its river, from the live commentary delivered by our local and knowledgeable skippers. Admire the beautiful buildings, bridges and historic sights, and look out for wildlife including Kingfishers. Treat yourself to a drink from the bar and rest your feet. See below for the various operating dates for our cruises in 2018:

Daytime Cruises

Our 45 minute or 1 hour York City Cruises sail on weekends in January and every day from 3rd February to 25th November 2018.

Guaranteed sailings from the King’s Staith landing at 10:30AM, 12 Noon, 1:30PM & 3PM.

Guaranteed sailings from the Lendal Bridge landing at 10:40AM, 12:10PM, 1:40PM & 3:10PM.

Tickets for our 45 min/1hour York City Cruise cost £9.50/£10.00 Adult, £8.50/£9.00 Concession and £5.50/£6.00 Child, £25/£27 Family Ticket. Tickets are cheaper booked online though!

Alternatively, join one of our dining cruises sailing every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday from April to September, plus every day during York school holidays. For full details and sailing dates, visit our website..

The Lunch Cruise, new for 2018, sails at 11:45 am to 1:30 p.m., featuring a delicious buffet style lunch cooked on board.

Or the delightful Afternoon Tea Cruises sail at 2:45pm to 4:30 p.m., featuring a sumptuous afternoon tea.

Both cruises sail past Bishopthorpe Palace, the stunning riverside residence of His Grace the Archbishop of York.

Why not take the helm of one of our famous Self-Drive Red Boats, available to hire from 24th March to 4th November from our King’s Staith Landing only from 9:45AM. Closing time subject to weather, demand and hours of daylight. Morning hires can be pre-booked online.

And of course, Santa Claus himself will be back for our YorkBoat Santa Experience in December 2018!

Evening Cruises

1 hour Early Evening Cruise, 7:30PM from King’s Staith, every evening 3rd April to 3rd November.

70 minute Floodlit Evening Cruise, 9:15PM from King’s Staith, every evening from 5th May to 1st September.

Private Charters available and Party Nights Afloat Cruises sail on selected Friday and Saturday nights from April to October. See our website for full details.


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Facilities available at City Cruises York (formerly YorkBoat)

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Current Offers

Santa Experience - 20% Off!

Save 20% on selected dates with the City Cruises York Santa Experience!

There is a reason why families return year after year to join the City Cruises York Santa Experience, it really is the most magical event on the River Ouse!

Santa clearly works hard all year around and especially in December when he somehow manages to find the time to visit all of the especially well behaved boys and girls before Christmas, and he says that the City Cruises York Santa Experience is the most unique venue that he visits in the city.

City Cruises guarantee that Santa Claus himself will find his way aboard and the whole family will have the most wonderful time on board their Santa Experience in 2018.

Each child will be hand delivered a personalised present from Santa whilst everybody on board will enjoy refreshments, fun and surprises, making this a Christmas treat to remember.

Go to and enter the promo code "welcome" to save 20% on the following dates and times:

11am, 1pm and 3pm on either Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th or Friday 21st December, 2018.

Then order your tickets as normal and the discount will be applied at checkout.

Terms & Conditions

Not valid with any other offer.

Only valid on times stated on stated dates.

Valid from 19/12/2018 to 21/12/2018

* Bookings and offers are provided by a third party with no affiliation with Welcome to Yorkshire


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