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York: Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise

1. York: Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise

The Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise is an ideal way to escape the busy shopping streets and step into the Christmas spirit. Your ticket includes a choice of hot drink (tea, coffee or hot chocolate) and a mince or apple pie.The one-hour relaxing cruise features traditional Christmas songs, punctuated with live captain’s commentary. Leave from old port district at King’s Staith, pass underneath the Millennium Bridge before leaving the outskirts of the city and sail past the site of the Battle of Fulford, arguably one of the most significant in the history of the United Kingdom. Experience a fantastic chance to look out for wildlife including swans, cormorants and kingfishers, as you leave the city centre and sail downstream to the village of Bishopthorpe. The vessel turns at the glorious 13th century Bishopthorpe Palace, official residence of the Archbishop of York. Your vessel will be equipped with an enclosed heated saloon, at least two toilets and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks.

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4.9 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Arrived at the tour staff we’re really friendly and polite and the skipper was very nice chatty too we were offered hot drinks and an apple or mince pie but we went for an alcohol option what was reasonably priced

Everything went to plan and four of us ‘embarked’ on a peaceful river trip for an hour long oasis in our busy lives. We chatted and ate mince pies and watched the lovely scenery; I’d definitely book it again.

Fabulous cruise down the river oose. Lovely staff. Very informative and got a nice hot choice and mince pie. Well worth the price

Great Christmas cruise on The River Ouse. Christmas tubes played and the coffee and Apple pie was lovely.

Lovely relaxing trip along the river, the Skipper and staff were excellent, great friendly service.