York Self Drive Boat Hire

Take in the sights with your friends

York Self Drive Boat Hire

Take in the sights with your friends

  • Riverside History in York

    Explore the rich history and stunning architecture of York while cruising down the River Ouse.
  • York Adventures Await

    Book your tours and activities with us and create lasting memories of your visit to York.

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What People are Saying

Great boat trip yesterday! Laurie our skipper was really funny! The commentary was hilarious and really made it for us! Nice to be able to get a glass of vino on board! Have been to York many times before but have never done this trip...takes an hour and was a lovely way of seeing York and lots of informative stuff about the city. Highly recommended! - Fiona Clark
Lovely cruise across the city by river. Takes 1 hour. There are tea, coffee and simple snacks on board, as well as a toilet. Beautiful views, recommended. Were sitting inside, as it was very chilly on top! Dress accordingly. Sails off every 40 mins. - Ismayil J.
A great experience in York. The captain Andy had great commentary and was very funny. It was good to hear some history about York and we were lucky with the weather so it was nice sitting on the top deck and admiring the views along the river - Dan Harrison
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Best things to do in York

  1. Visit York Minster – one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe, and home to an awe-inspiring collection of medieval stained glass.
  2. Take a stroll around The Shambles – a narrow, medieval street lined with quaint shops selling everything from fudge to Harry Potter memorabilia.
  3. Wander through the picturesque streets of York’s historic city centre and admire the traditional architecture.
  4. Explore the Jorvik Viking Centre – an interactive museum which brings York’s Viking history to life.
  5. Visit Clifford’s Tower – a 13th-century castle perched atop a hill overlooking the River Ouse.
  6. Take a boat trip along the river to get a different perspective on the city.
  7. Learn about York’s ghosts and ghouls on a spooky walking tour of the city centre.
  8. Enjoy afternoon tea in one of York’s many charming tearooms.
  9. Sample some of the local produce at one of York’s farmers’ markets.
  10. Catch a show at the Grand Opera House – a spectacular Edwardian theatre which plays host to a variety of musicals, operas and ballets.

What do I need to know before visiting York?

    1. York is a walled city, so there are plenty of historic buildings and sites to explore within the city walls.
    2. Many of the streets in the city centre are narrow and cobbled, so comfortable walking shoes are a must!
    3. York is located in Northern England, so the weather can be quite cold and wet depending upon the time of year you visit.
    4. There are plenty of pubs and bars in York, but many close early (around 11pm), so don’t leave your night out too late! You can also look to do a dinner cruise as they offer drinks as well!