The city of York owes its existence to the rivers. Escape the city rush and admire the scenery from the comfort of a Yorkboat.
The city was founded in AD 71, when Romans constructed a fortress above the River Ouse close to its confluence with the River Foss. These natural barriers made it an ideal defensive site that over the years brought both invaders and trade to the city.
Today both of these rivers remain navigable. Until the end of the 20th century, the Ouse was used by barges to carry freight but now it offers a lovely escape from the 'hustle-and-bustle' of the city. Yorkboat operates cruises throughout the year for all the family. Take home fascinating facts on the incredible history of York, from the live commentary delivered by local and knowledgeable skippers. See for yourself where Saxons fought Vikings in 1066, where monks entertained their guests and where witches were ducked in the Middle Ages. Then treat yourself to a refreshing drink from the bar and rest your feet.