French Brothers Ltd

Type:Boat Trip

The Clewer Boathouse, Clewer Court Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 5JH

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French Brothers Boats on the River Thames with Windsor Castle in the background

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French Brothers run boat trips on the River Thames from Windsor, Runnymede and Maidenhead. Choose from a short return trip or a full-day cruise.

Day visitors to Windsor can choose either a short 40-minute round trip or a longer 2-hour return; both offer amazing views of the Castle. Discounted tickets can be booked online, with further discounts available for groups of 20 or more. Groups of 20+ should contact the bookings office.

There are two scheduled services offering visitors to Windsor the opportunity to take the boat and cruise to this historic town arriving in style. With regular sailings from Maidenhead and Runnymede, groups and individuals can enjoy a cruise to Windsor in the morning with the option to catch the return service in the afternoon.  An additional service is available from Runnymede that travels to Hampton Court.

All of the French Brothers fleet are available for private charter. They are perfect for all milestone events such as birthday parties, anniversaries, wedding receptions and social functions. With a fleet of 16 craft including modern vessels and two genuine coal-fired steamboats they have a cruise to suit all tastes and budgets.

Corporate customers can charter a boat for an off-site dinner as part of a conference, offering a refreshing change of scenery. The River Thames is easily accessible from all of the town centre and riverside hotels.

There is an extensive programme of special events including Sunday lunch cruises and afternoon tea cruises on fantastic Victorian steam boats. These can all be booked online at

French Brothers Boats Windsor Racecourse raceday river shuttle service

French Brothers are proud of their association with Windsor Racecourse and offer a return shuttle service on race days.

With fully licensed bars on all boats, why not enjoy a drink on board as you cruise?

2021 prices are as follows:
Adult return: £7.50
Child return: £5.00
Adult single: £4.50
Child single: £3.00

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Adult£17.75 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Child 3-13£11.85 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Family (2+2)£47.35 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Family (2+3)£53.30 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Senior 65+£16.35 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Adult£9.80 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Child 3-13£6.55 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Family (2+2)£26.15 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Family (2+3)£29.45 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Senior 65+£9.00 per ticket
Adult Raceday Shuttle (return)£7.50 per ticket
Adult Raceday Shuttle (single)£4.50 per ticket
Child Raceday Shuttle (return)£5.00 per ticket
Child Raceday Shuttle (single)£3.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access


  • BBQ Food Served
  • Catering for groups
  • Catering Provided
  • Full liquor licence
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Bars and light snacks. Afternoon tea hampers (on selected cruises. Booked online only)
  • Packed lunches by arrangement
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments Available
  • Vegetarians catered for

Children & Infants

  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction - Heated vessels for winter cruising
  • Audio Tours
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event Venue
  • Gift shop
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours
  • Licensed for alcohol
  • Live Music
  • Open all year round
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Prior Booking Recommended
  • Special Opening for Groups by Arrangement
  • Stag and hen parties welcome
  • Team / Corporate Activities
  • Toilets

Leisure Facilities

  • Themed Nights

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • Parking (charge)
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Approx length of visit - 40 minutes and 2 hour trips
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Can be packages by 3rd parties
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.
  • JCB accepted
  • Maestro
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 999
  • Min group size - 20
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Solo accepted
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • In town/city centre
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Educational Groups
  • Family Fun
  • Information Point
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Travel & Trade

  • Commission/net rates apply
  • Group discounts available
  • Packed lunches available

Special Offers


    Fancy something a little bit special? Or perhaps you’ve something to celebrate on your visit to the Royal Borough? Privately hired by Her Majesty The Queen, a cruise onboard our genuine coal fired steamboats will be the highlight of any special getaway.

    Join us on our Steamboat Tea Cruise, a delightful round trip from Windsor with a full afternoon tea, complete with bubbles. Or, opt for the Royal Steamboat Voyage from Runnymede, where you’ll travel to Windsor by boat with a hearty Ploughman’s lunch: the traditional boaters choice. The return journey features an afternoon tea fit for a Queen, as you cruise on the downstream journey back to Runnymede.  



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    Our 45-minute round trip at Runnymede onboard replica paddle steamer, ‘Lucy Fisher’, is the perfect day out for all the family. This cruise is just 45 mins; perfect for keeping little one’s attention. It is also accessible to wheelchair users from The Runnymede Boathouse end of the journey. There is something for all generations on this classic cruise, with plenty of open space, lots to spy on the river and a full commentary pointing out the places of interest.


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    This season, we’ve launched an exciting new cruise! A new downstream 2 hour trip from Windsor will give passengers the chance to travel through the beautiful grounds of the crown estate, the Queen’s very own ‘back garden’! An alternative view of Her Majesty’s favourite home can be seen on this new cruise, as the boat passes the eastern elevation of the castle, complete with an informative commentary.


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  • Purchase a French Brothers Boats gift voucher and it can be redeemed on any trip including steamboat cruises and Sunday lunch cruises.


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    Recent Reviews:

    • PinkpersonHampshire
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 27th September 2021
      We took the Royal Experience on 'Streatley'. It was fantastic. 6 hours on the boat, excellent lunch and afternoon tea and 2 hours to explore Windsor. Absolutely brilliant and would definitely... Read full review
    • francesk663
      A very enjoyable evening to be talked about for sometime to come
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 29th September 2021
      We took 38 people on a Riverboat Shuffle on 18 September. Staff were fabulous and very welcoming. Food was good Music was great and we danced the night away!! Thank you French Brothers Read full review
    • Guy429
      Reading, United Kingdom
      Good sightseeing for film fans
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 29th September 2021
      Today I really enjoyed the Windsor 2 hour lunch cruise as part of a group. The crew were knowledgeable, courteous and looked the part, too. It's a great route for film fans because it passes Bray... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Nearest major road is M4

    Public Transport Directions

    Nearest stations are Windsor & Eton Riverside (South West Railway) and Windsor & Eton Central (Great Western Railway).


    • Regional and Miscellaneous -The Group Travel awards - Best Canal or Riverboat Operators for Groups Winner 2016 The Group Travel awards - Best Canal or Riverboat Operators for Groups Winner 2016 2016
    • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

    Opening Times

    40-minute Windsor Round Trip † (12 Apr 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
    40-minute Windsor Round Trip* (1 Nov 2021 - 28 Nov 2021)
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
    40-minute Windsor Round Trip* (29 Nov 2021 - 23 Dec 2021)
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 15:00

    * † Trips run regularly, at least every 30 mins.
    * Out of peak season, trip will run subject to
    river conditions and available daylight.

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