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“Bank holiday camping weekend”

York Marine Services Ltd.
Ranked #39 of 59 Tours in York
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Stayed for the bank holiday weekend with friends (2 tents & a caravan). The site was very 'tired' and looked scruffy. I thought that the facilities were adequate, but only just - with only around 10 or so pitches occupied, I'm guessing it would be manic if the site had been full. Pitch spaces seemed restricted as people with caravans and awnings were using adjacent pitches as parking spaces. The location was good for a walk into York following the river Ouse - wear boots unless it has been dry for a considerable time. The local village has some nice pubs and a little Co-op shop. A disappointing site, which could be much improved with some TLC and a good tidy up.

Thank Mick S
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

This is a slight aside to a review about York Marine Services, as I sing the praises of The Happy Camper catering van on the site. From a vintage American Airstream trailer a variety of fresh snacks are made and served to boaters, campers and the public at large.
I enjoy walking from central York to the village of Bishopthorpe, alongside the river Ouse and when I reach the village I like to pop to the Happy Camper and get some well deserved refreshments. They supply generous (huge!) sausage or bacon sandwiches, veggie options also available, as well as homemade cakes, cookies and quality ice creams. You can enjoy tea and a variety of fresh coffees…oh and there are free dog biscuits too.
There are picnic tables overlooking the river and residential houseboats as well as York Marines own boats for hire. There is a small touring camp site (which the Happy Camper serves from 8AM onwards) with a combination of camper vans and tents. There is a lovely laid back atmosphere and it feels incredibly rural considering the bus journey to Bishopthorpe is roughly twenty minutes from York (the no:10 bus if you are interested).
This is truly a hidden gem and can be enjoyed by anyone who passes by, but please be aware that when the campsite closes at the end of October so will the Happy Camper until the start of next season. More details can be found at www.yorkmarine.co.uk.

4  Thank Margaret R
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

I would recommend York Marine Services to anybody.

We had HALF DAY Boat hire for up to 6 people cruising up and down the river.
The boat was easy to drive & steer and everybody had a turn driving.

A fun half day had by all.

1  Thank cabrali
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

i hired a barge for a mid week break with York marine services. they give you enough fuel and cooking gas and show you how to skipper the boat and off you go. the river barge has more space than a caravan and has a dvd tv with only two sockets for 240v and you can not use more than 800watts so no ironing. i took the barge to york city centre with no parking charges. you can mess around past yorkfor hours even days if you have set your self a target and have to drive the boat at full speed you have missed the point in my opinion. different pace of life and good accomodation. there is at times too few places to moor up and rest at times

1  Thank neil c
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

This was our first canal boat trip and after researching the Internet and struggling to find information from frankly appalling websites, we found York Marine Services. Tyler and the team where friendly, helpful and couldn't have done more to make us feel happy and confident about our trip.

The boat was amazing with a clean modern interior and loads of space. The instruction and information for the trip was superb and we set off full of confidence.

The route to Ripon and back is beautifully scenic with plenty of opportunities to stop and explore.

We will return soon with friends to share the magic of this trip.

2  Thank Morgan W
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