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Millennium Bridge, York

Millennium Bridge, York: Our most recommended tours and activities

York: River Ouse City Cruise

1. York: River Ouse City Cruise

The York City Cruise provides an entertaining and informative tour of the historic city as seen from the River Ouse. Enjoy the sights from a different perspective as a friendly and knowledgeable team guides you leisurely up and downstream. Your cruise departs from the King's Staith landing. Admire the scenery from the comfort of the enclosed saloon or the upper deck and treat yourself to a refreshing drink from the bar. The duration of the cruise is either 45 minutes or 1 hour and is determined by the weather on the day and by demand. Your ticket will be valid for whatever duration is offered on the day of your visit. Typically the 1-hour cruise follows a route that heads upstream to Clifton Bridge on the northern outskirts of York city and then downstream as far as the Millennium Bridge on the city’s southern outskirts, before returning back upstream to the original landing stage. The 45-minute cruise operates in the same area without going quite as far in either direction, passing through the center of the walled city. During the cruise, the captain will keep you entertained with live commentary about the sites you pass. Learn about York’s history of flooding and its prosperity as an inland port, as you sail along the river that brought the Romans and the Vikings to this site. You’ll sail on a vessel that features an enclosed and heated saloon, restrooms, and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks, and snacks.

York: Self-Drive Red Boats

2. York: Self-Drive Red Boats

Enjoy a leisurely one hour hire, exploring York from the helm of your own self-drive motorboat. Become a captain and explore the sites of York’s riverside in style. Your private boat can accommodate up to 8 people and will provide plenty of room for you all to head out on your own aquatic adventure, exploring the same river that brought the Vikings to this beautiful city. You will receive full instructions on how to operate your motor boat along with safety and river rules, whilst life jackets will be provided for any children. Your boat operating area is along a route that will along you to take in the whole city from the river within the one hour. Additionally, on a half hour hire you can operate within this area and will be able to take in most of the built up section of the Ouse, or make your way down stream to the Millennium Bridge and back to the moorings again. Please note that the boats cannot be taken past Clifton Bridge or the Millennium Bridge. You are not allowed to moor the boat up and disembark at any point on the river other than at the at King’s Staith (where your hire first began).

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What people are saying about Millennium Bridge, York

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 623 reviews

If you want a bit of time out from the huddle of old York town, this is it. Allows you to relax and take in sights from a very different perspective. With attentive staff and a very engaging captain with a wealth of knowledge, it's a really enjoyable 45 minutes. Well worth going on, and all I can say is I'm glad I didn't have my kilt on! Miss it at your peril.

Informative information but presented with fun. Boat was clean, staff all friendly and helpful. Weather was very sunny so it did add to the experience as we were able to sit outside.

On time. Very informative commentary by the skipper. Safety measures in place when docking and leaving the riverside. Very enjoyable hour trip. Would recommend.

Really enjoyable. Very relaxing way to see the sights along the river. Very good facilities on the boat. Would have liked a bit longer cruise.

Really relaxing, driver was very knowledgable about York. Would highly recommend!