Self-Cruising in York

Ever wanted to try your hand at ‘skippering’ a boat? With a word like that, who wouldn’t? Cruise through the riverside of York all from the helm of your own self-hire motorboat and experience York in an all-new way. Each boat sits up to 8 people, leaving plenty of room to adventure in York’s historic rivers with all of your friends.

Where can I find boat hire in York?

City Cruises by Hornblower has the experience for you. Located just next to Tower Gardens, just under a mile from York Station, take off with your friends to explore York from the water.

The arrival of Vikings in 9th century England meant that York has been a thriving hub of trade throughout English history, sitting between the River Ouse and River Foss. You can skipper through York’s historic riverside just as the Vikings did years ago – City Cruises’ motorboats are easy to drive, safe and most importantly a lot of fun! Instructors will provide all the safety instructions needed as well as providing life jackets for any children brought along.

  • You can drive the boat for up to 1 hour.
  • Pre-booking is encouraged, but there may still be room for walk-ins.
  • Morning hires (10.00 – 11.45) will cost £30 to £45 per hour.
  • Afternoon hires (12.00 onwards) will cost £35 to £50 per hour.

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