About this Cruise

The biggest tour boat operator on the River Thames, City Cruises plc provides tourism and leisure passenger services on the River Thames with more than four million passenger journeys taking place every year on its route through the heart of London between Westminster and the Tower of London, then under Tower Bridge and down river to Greenwich – a journey through 2,000 years of liquid history. Now also operating in Poole & York.

Based at Cherry Garden Pier, a historic location in south-east London that was once a part of London’s huge commercial docks dating back to the 1880’s and part of the setting for many of Whistler’s paintings, City Cruises operate a fleet of 17 passenger boats, along with a small fleet of support vessels and barges.

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2 course buffet-style

City Cruises York, formerly York Boat, are proud to be a part of the City Cruises family, joining the outstanding operations in London and Poole. We remain a family owned operator, albeit now part of a much larger one.
City Cruises York are one of the city’s longest established visitor attractions and we have been delivering first-class experiences to our passengers and guests for over 30 years. Our cruises include Daytime City Cruise and Afternoon Tea Cruises through to our Floodlit Evening Cruise or even a Party Nights Afloat Cruise which is ideal for hen parties, birthday parties or social events.Don’t forget our fleet of fourteen Self-Drive Red Boats, perfect for your own family outing exploring the river.
Why not book a Private Charter to celebrate a wedding, birthday, anniversary or corporate entertainment. In fact we can put together a cruise package for any occasion.

A delightful cruise with delicious food aboard the Captain James Cook. The cruise will also include relaxing background music whilst you enjoy your lunch, followed by some informative commentary from our local, knowledgeable skipper as the boat turns at Bishopthorpe Palace, the stunning riverside residence of His Grace the Archbishop of York and also as you head back upstream into the city.

Sample Menu
Individual Chicken and Ham Hock Wellington, Potato and Leek Gratin, White Wine and Thyme Sauce
Vegetarian Option:
Creamed Leek, Mixed Bean, Mushroom and Wensleydale Wellington, Wilted Spinach and Tomato Sauce (v)
Chef’s Choice of Dessert

Tea or Coffee

Drinks are available to purchase throughout the cruise from the bar on the lower deck.

Dates of Operation:
01/04/21 – 31/10/21: Tuesday to Sunday only

Departs from:
Kings Staith Landing at 11.45 hours

1 hour & 45 mins

Student rates apply to persons 17 years or over in full time education and in possession of a valid Student ID Card.

Complimentary policy: 01 Tour Leader travels free of charge with 40 paying pax (up to a maximum of 02 free tour leaders per group.)

The “Lunch” & “Afternoon Tea” cruises both depart from King’s Staith Landing.

Pre-booking is ESSENTIAL for both cruises.

See Covid-Safe measures here:

Last Updated: 14.01.2021


Child rates apply for children 3-12 years old. Children under 3 years old travel FREE (if not occupying a seat).

Cancellations & amendments to number of passengers can be made free of charge according to the number of passengers booked:
•  1 to 10 pax = free canx up to 72 hours prior to departure
•  11-20 pax = free canx up to 14 days prior to departure
•  21-55 pax = free canx up to 31 days prior to departure
•  56+ pax = free canx up to 62 days prior to departure

Thereafter full charges (100%) will apply. These conditions also apply to reduction in numbers.