York can be a crowded city, especially during the school holidays so be the clever family and take a trip on the river to see the sights from the comfort of your floating seats away from the crowded streets!
Boat trips start from King’s Staith or Lendal Bridge, stunningly decorated with iron scroll work and the city’s heraldic emblems. A standard boat trip will last about an hour and you’ll have the added benefit of a commentary. Typically you can take a trip between early Spring and late Autumn, outside of these seasons it may be harder to find operators.
Learn where the Saxons fought the Vikings in 1066, where witches were ducked in the Middle Ages and see the Archbishop of York’s home. From your boat you can see across the heart of York and beautiful countryside too.
You can hire your very own motorboat by the hour, by the half day or by the full day and take the waterways at your own pace. Each member of the family can have their turn at being captain of the ship too and learn how to steer and avoid collisions!
Away from the Water
After your boat trip make sure you do have time to explore the city. Why not time your boat trip to finish as the shops close so the crowds disperse and you can explore the city without the people allowing you to admire the architecture and history all around.
Highlight of the Day
Steering your motorboat through the waterways
Nearest train station : York
Car parking : Various public car parks
Website : www.visityork.org