Connecting Nun Monkton and Beningborough for the first time since 1952.

Our aim is to reconnect, once again, our communities for leisure: opening access to the many walks and cycle paths available on both sides of the Ouse. The ferryboat can carry up to 7 passengers with a skipper. Dogs are welcome and travel free. The journey across the river will take about 2 minutes… much faster than travelling by car!

There have been several pontoons along the banks of the Ouse on both sides, and the old wooden piles are still evident in places, from the days when these rural communities were connected by a short river crossing.


St. Mary's Church

Grade I Listed, and with beautiful stained glass to the East window by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris

The Alice Hawthorn Inn

A country pub, settled in the centre of the village, overlooking one of the oldest working greens in Yorkshire, where the local farmer grazes cattle through the summer. Visit website.

Foundation Primary School

An idyllic start for any child’s education. Small is beautiful! Visit website.

Pool Bridge Farm Shop

Established over 100 years ago, and still run by the family. Now doing event catering for any party size and venue!


The tallest in England, reputedly. Blown down in 2004 and replaced by the current 27m Scot’s Pine pole. The village Feast Day that year saw a spectacular ceremony, a certain villager (John Watson) climbed to the top to spin the weather vane dressed as Elvis!

Yorkshire Heart Vineyard & Brewery

A family run vineyard and brewery producing award winning fine English wines and craft beers from their idyllic site in Nun Monkton. Visit website.

The Nun Monkton Ferryboat is run by a body of volunteers who not only generously give their time on a rota to skipper the boat, but they have also undergone thorough training in order to do this. The cost of all training is covered by the Ferryboat Company.

Our aim is to have enough fully trained & certified volunteers so that the rota commitment is approximately one 4 hour shift per month, opening only on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.

If you’d like to get involved, or even train to skipper the ferry as a volunteer, we’d love to hear from you!
Please get in touch by email: email us