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Self Drive Boat Hire York

River Ouse, York City Centre

  • Self-drive boat hire from York city centre
  • Motor launches with no licence needed
  • Explore the River Ouse & see the sights
  • For you and up to seven others onboard


What's Included

  • One hour self-drive motor boat hire
  • Boats can accommodate up to 8 people in total
  • Safety briefing and instruction on driving the boat
  • Explore the River Ouse and take in the sights of York
  • Life jackets are provided

What Can I Expect

Book your self-drive boat hire in York here! Experience the sights and sounds of historic York, as you skipper a vessel along the River Ouse. 

No boat licence needed, these little motor launches are great fun. They can carry up to eight passengers in total and they are stable, reliable and easy to captain. The perfect choice for family days out and relaxed small group outings, these hire boats are ready to take you on an waterborne adventure.

The hire point for boat rentals is King's Staith landing. You're right in the heart of York here, just a short walk from the Coppergate Shopping Centre and the Jorvik Centre. You will have your boat for an hour and in that time you will make good progress travelling up and down the river.

There are lots of landmarks to spot as you cruise on by on your boat. York has a very rich history from the prosperous Roman times, to seeing those feisty Vikings arriving by boat on the River Ouse to invade the city.

Don't worry about your navigation needs. You'll be given a map of the river and the local area with easy-to-spot sights so you know where you are. You will also have a full safety briefing by the crew, so by the time you set sail, you'll know how the boat works and the essential techniques needed.

Whilst there's no time to drop anchor and moor up anywhere during your time as skipper of the boat, you are very welcome to bring a picnic and soft drinks for yourselves, to be enjoyed onboard. A great experience for sailors young and old, reserve your boat hire in York and have fun on the Ouse!


  • Daily between 12th February and 20th November
  • Dates and session times are subject to availability
  • Boats are available to hire from 10:00 until dusk


  • River Ouse, York City Centre
  • Depart from and return to King's Staith, York YO1 9RZ

Suitable For

  • Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult

Anything Else

  • No alcohol is permitted onboard due to health and safety
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