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Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York provided by City Cruises York

Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York

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Discover York without having to worry about studying a map with this relaxing Ouse River sightseeing cruise. It’s a great way to see the city from a new perspective, and to learn about local history too. Highlights include seeing top city landmarks such as the York Museum and Gardens, and Clifford’s Tower.
  • Save time—pass by multiple top York sights on this Ouse River cruise
  • Learn as you travel through on-board commentary
  • Get unobstructed photo opportunities of Clifford’s Tower
  • Flexible tour with multiple daily departure times
Important Information
Departure Point
King's Staith, York YO1 9SN, UK
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Please note, 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
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Sharon C wrote a review 9 Jul
Sunderland, United Kingdom38 contributions28 helpful votes
We took a cruise on the 8th July, there was indoor and and outdoor seating, plenty of room to be socially distant, clearly marked out where you can and can’t sit. All of the crew where professional, polite and welcoming, Chris and Aide made the trip very enjoyable the
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888ruby wrote a review Mar 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom41 contributions35 helpful votes
My husband and I enjoyed a 70 minute river cruise. We were very lucky with the weather and were able to sit on the top deck. On buying our tickets we were greeted by a friendly chap called Rafa. Approx 28 people joined the cruise up the river with an excellent commentary from
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from City_Cruises_York, Guest Relations Manager at Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York
Responded 14 Mar 2020
Thank you to you both for joining one of our sightseeing cruises with Kriss at the helm and ably assisted by crewmember Raffi, we do appreciate you sailing with us so early in the season and for taking the time to write a review
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Irene C wrote a review Mar 2020
14 contributions14 helpful votes
Went on a city cruise trip in York today with my husband and both enjoyed it. Not too long (bout 45 mins).Would have been better if longer but was still good. cost about a tenner which we thought ok. We sat in the lounge since it was a bit chilly but i believe the best views are
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Response from City_Cruises_York, Guest Relations Manager at Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York
Responded 9 Mar 2020
Thank you so much for joining one of our sightseeing cruises and also for taking the time to write a review, we do appreciate your kind comments and certainly hope you can sail with us again in warmer conditions and so you can relax on the upper deck
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Tibs wrote a review Jan 2020
Essex, United Kingdom9 contributions1 helpful vote
We were pleasantly surprised to see that the York city boat cruises were still going strong in January (when the bus sightseeing tours had ground to a holt!), and it was a very relaxing and enjoyable 45 minutes. We of course had to sit on the top deck, and despite the bitter
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from City_Cruises_York, Guest Relations Manager at Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York
Responded 1 Feb 2020
Thank you so much for taking a sailing with us especially with the seasonal weather and very brave of you to do so, we do appreciate you also for writing a review, hopefully with your next sailing it will be in warmer conditions
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Dunami5 wrote a review Jan 2020
Dolgellau, United Kingdom35 contributions2 helpful votes
Nice trip down and back up the river with the whole family. A bit nippy, but it is January 😉 We easily warm d up downstairs after a while on top deck. Staff were polite and courteous. The guide gave some great background to this part of the Ouse.
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Response from City_Cruises_York, Guest Relations Manager at Ouse River Sightseeing Cruise in York
Responded 19 Jan 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to not only write a review but also for joining one of our cruises on a cold day, we do appreciate that you and your family could join us and hope you can again when the weather warms up
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About the operator

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By: City Cruises York
Enjoyable and pleasant
Great gentle cruise with commentary. A little earlier or little later would have been good as it the timing made di
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Amazing trip 1 hour evening cruise
Lovely relaxing evening cruise, had a small bar onboard, felt very safe with social distancing and gel stations on
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Mums birthday
Had a fun time. Crew chatty and friendly. Although not busy which lost a bit of the atmosphere. Had a good time and
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Family Trip on the Ouse
Lovely jaunt down the river and back, very friendly staff, would love to do it again. Unique views of York.
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Pleasant and relaxing.
Lovely idea. My sister and I decided to try out an evening cruise while visiting York. There is no talking, just lo
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Monica D
Tea on the River Ouse
My sister and I booked the afternoon tea cruise for our last day in York. We boarded the boat to discover we had mi
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Maureen W
Romantic Evening
What a wonderful evening. The Captain of the tour boat was really entertaining. He really had a good sence of humou
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Cold day, about 20 customers on boat, very knowledgeable host giving interesting facts about York & specifically th
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Wonderful experience, highly recommend!
Myself and my husband recently went on the festive afternoon tea river cruise whilst staying in York for the weeken
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jackie h
A different view of york ,
We took the 45 minute cruise , down the river Ouse , it was lovely ,very relaxing ,and the man giving the commentar
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Evening cruise
Great fun. Announcer was very entertaining. Would be better in the day but we enjoyed it regardless.
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Philip W
York river cruise
I have myself being on the York river cruise a few years ago with my then girl friend it was a lovely trip down the
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Lovely experience
In a recent trip to York we decided to go on the river cruise. We missed the food service (as they stop for the win
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Lovely tea and cruise.
I bought this trip for my partners birthday and he wasn't dissapointed . We had our booking cancelled twice beca
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Iain M
An hour well spent
We did the early evening cruise which we enjoyed very much. Very informative commentary and great value for money.
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  • Duration: 45m
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  • Languages Offered: English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish
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