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French Brothers Ltd

Type:Boat Trip

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

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 1112 reviews1112 reviews

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

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About

French Brothers continue to closely monitor developments with respect to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). They are taking additional measures to safeguard the health of their employees, customers and preserve their ability to operate.

Visit https://www.frenchbrothers.co.uk/about/covid19 for the latest information on boat trip operation.


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.

French Brothers won 'Best Inland Canal/Riverboat Operator' in the 2011, 2012 and 2016 Group Travel Awards, have been awarded a Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence and were a 'Get your guide' top partner in 2018.

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 www.frenchbrothers.co.uk

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?

2020 prices are as follows:
Adult return: £7.50
Child return: £5.00
Adult single: £4.50
Child single: £3.00

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.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access

Catering

  • 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

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

     

    More offers like this - Vouchers for Gifts and Experiences

TripAdvisor

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2020
  • Excellent
    667
  • Very Good
    288
  • Average
    95
  • Poor
    34
  • Terrible
    30

Recent Reviews:

  • hollyreadingberks
    Wokingham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great boat trip Windsor
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 6th September 2020
    Booked tickets online, so much easier as guaranteed and didn’t have to specify a time which was great. Good social distancing and cleaning practices onboard and lots of room with less people on the... Read full review
  • katiehU9988MX
    Trip Type:
    Family
    45 minutes trip not impressed
    2 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th September 2020
    Went for a 45 minute boat trip. There was no guided tour which there normally is. We then waited for over ten minutes while the driver got off the boat in Runneymede to get an ice cream. The engine... Read full review
  • sarahcR1744MN
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Windsor boat trip
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th September 2020
    A thoroughly enjoyable boat trip from Runnymede to Windsor. Having missed our boat yesterday we were able to use our tickets today. Really friendly and knowledgeable staff. Highly recommend! 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).

Awards

  • 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 2020

Opening Times

40-minute Windsor Round Trip (1 May 2020 - 23 Dec 2020)
2-hour Windsor Round Trip (1 May 2020 - 1 Nov 2020)

* 40-minute Windsor Round Trip: 1 May to 1 Nov 2020 daily 10:00 - 17:00 (at least every 30 mins). 2 to 29 Nov 2020 daily hourly 10:00 - 16:00. 30 Nov to 23 Dec 2020 daily hourly 10:00 - 15:00. Out of peak season, trips will run subject to river conditions and available daylight.

2-hour Windsor Round Trip: 1-22 May daily at 14:00*. 23 May to 13 September daily at 13:30 and 14:30. 14 September to 1 November daily at 14:00*.
*At weekends and Bank Holidays only, trips run at 13:30 and 14:30.

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