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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About

French Brothers run boat trips on the River Thames from Windsor and Runnymede. 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 Windsor 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 Runnymede, groups and individuals can enjoy a cruise to Windsor in the morning with the option to catch the return service in the afternoon. 

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. 

Longer trips can be booked to include a marvellous boxed afternoon tea to enjoy as you cruise. There is an extensive programme of special events on our 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?

2023 prices are as follows:
Adult return: £8.50
Child return: £6.00
Adult single: £5.00
Child single: £3.50

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Adult (on the day)£20.00 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Adult (online)£17.60 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Child 3-13 (on the day)£13.35 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Child 3-13 (online)£11.75 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Family (2+2) (on the day)£53.35 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Family (2+2) (online)£46.95 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Family (2+3) (on the day)£60.00 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Family (2+3) (online)£52.80 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Senior 65+ (on the day)£18.40 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Senior 65+ (online)£17.30 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Adult (on the day)£12.00 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Adult (online)£10.60 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Child 3-13 (on the day)£8.00 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Child 3-13 (online)£7.00 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Family (2+2) (on the day)£32.00 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Family (2+2) (online)£28.80 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Family (2+3) (on the day)£36.00 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Family (2+3) (online)£31.70 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Senior 65+ (on the day)£10.80 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Senior 65+ (online)£9.80 per ticket
Adult Raceday Shuttle (return)£8.50 per ticket
Adult Raceday Shuttle (single)£5.00 per ticket
Child Raceday Shuttle (return)£6.00 per ticket
Child Raceday Shuttle (single)£3.50 per ticket

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

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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 - Well-behaved four-legged friends on a lead are most welcome!
  • 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 - At Windsor Coach Park, Alma Road, charges apply
  • 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

  • French Brothers gift vouchers

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

     

    Vouchers for Gifts and Experiences - redeem this special offer immediately

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Craig R
      London, United Kingdom
      The River Thames a long deep dark well with a long story to tell!
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 20th September 2023
      My relationship with Windsor goes right back to my youth. Visiting Windsor Castle getting right up to the entrance and felling took chicken to go inside even though someone had paid for the ticket to... Read full review
    • Liza M
      Bully captain, has deep hate for children
      1 of 5 stars
      Friday, 29th September 2023
      Extremely disappointing family boat trip experience. The captain was heavily pregnant and probably really exhausted and tired. She was extremely rude and arrogant, felt like school. Customers were... Read full review
    • Mysteryshopper75
      Burnham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Throwing a surprise 40th Birthday Party
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 13th November 2023
      Great service, excellent experience, highly recommend. I used French Brothers for a 40th birthday party for nearly 40 guests. If memory serves me right, the boat took up to 60, although 40 felt the... 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).

    Opening Times

    40-Minute Windsor Round Trip (Daily, at least every 30 minutes) (10 Feb 2024 - 1 Mar 2024)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
    40-Minute Windsor Round Trip (Daily, at least every 30 minutes) (2 Mar 2024 - 27 Oct 2024)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
    Windsor 2-hour Round Trip Upstream Cruise (29 Mar 2024 - 29 Sept 2024)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday13:30
    Windsor 2-hour Round Trip Downstream Cruise (25 May 2024 - 29 Sept 2024)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday14:00
    Windsor 2-hour Round Trip Upstream Cruise (Weekends only during this period) (30 Sept 2024 - 27 Oct 2024)
    DayTimes
    Saturday - Sunday13:30
    40-Minute Windsor Round Trip (Weekends only, hourly during this period) (28 Oct 2024 - 22 Dec 2024)
    DayTimes
    Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 15:00

    * Out of peak season, trip will run subject to river conditions and available daylight.

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