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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 - 975 reviews975 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 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 return 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 2 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

Winter 2019 French Brothers boat trip information

Winter is here, there's a chill in the air and perhaps you're stuck for what to do...

Why not take to the river and see the finest view of her majesty's favourite home from aboard a French Brothers Boat?

Offering 40-minute sailings throughout the winter season, French Brothers are ready and raring to take you on a unique journey through Windsor's winter wonderland.

Hot and cold drinks are available on board as well as light snacks, so what are you waiting for?

Head down to the promenade for a warm welcome on one of our fully heated weatherproof boats, for great value winter fun!

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?

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 adults/2 child 2-hour (on the day)£46.70 per ticket
2 adults/2 child 40-min (on the day)£25.35 per ticket
2 adults/3 child 2-hour (on the day)£52.55 per ticket
2 adults/3 child 40-min (on the day)£28.55 per ticket
Adult 2-hour return (on the day)£17.50 per ticket
Adult 40-minute return (on the day)£9.50 per ticket
Adult raceday shuttle (return)£7.50 per ticket
Adult raceday shuttle (single)£4.50 per ticket
Child (3-13) 40-minute return (on the day)£6.35 per ticket
Child 2-hour return (on the day)£11.70 per ticket
Child raceday shuttle (return)£5.00 per ticket
Child raceday shuttle (single)£3.00 per ticket
Senior 2-hour return (on the day)£16.15 per ticket
Senior 40-minute return (on the day)£8.80 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

  • Board the boat at the Runnymede Boathouse for a 3-hour Easter Sunday Lunch Cruise through Old Windsor Lock, past the village of Datchet and through the grounds of Windsor Castle.

    The boat turns at Romney Lock for the journey back to Runnymede.

    This relaxing cruise along the River Thames with ever-changing scenery provides a unique alternative to a land based lunch venue.

    More information

    More offers like this - Easter Offers

TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    583
  • Very Good
    266
  • Average
    77
  • Poor
    28
  • Terrible
    21

Recent Reviews:

  • FarAway801612
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Shouldn’t have bothered with the boat!
    1 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 16th December 2018
    Booked French brothers for our Christmas party and although we had a good night as it was a great bunch of people we shouldn’t have bothered with the boat and had it somewhere else. The food was... Read full review
  • m-l-mcroy2000
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Never use this company - absolute disgrace!
    1 of 5 stars
    Friday, 4th January 2019
    Went here for my sisters 21st birthday and despite turning up on time for the last journey, we were turned away as the session had been privately booked, but we were never told this. Therefore all... Read full review
  • Mark H
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    A night to remember! Great service and fully recommend...!!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th January 2019
    A joint family and friends birthday celebration, a great night had by all. A very efficient service right from the booking through to the event itself. Lovely welcome, decent food, brilliant DJ, top... 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

Opening Times

Winter (29 Oct 2018 - 15 Feb 2019)

* Winter 2018/19 schedule: Weekdays hourly 10:00 - 15:00. Weekends every 30 mins 10:00 - 16:00. Out of peak season, trip will run subject to river conditions. Christmas shut down: 23rd to 28th & 31st December.

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