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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, 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

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

Royal Windsor Steamboat Express

With the arrival this summer of the Royal Windsor steam express, transporting passengers from Waterloo to Windsor by steam train, this one-hour French Brothers river cruise for all steam enthusiasts will perfectly complement a 'Steam Dreams' rail experience. 

Join us aboard genuine Victorian and Edwardian Steam Launches 'Nuneham' and 'Streatley', both of which have been meticulously restored to their former glory and have carried none other than Her Majesty the Queen. 

Relive the golden age of steam, as we cruise from Windsor Promenade to Boveney Lock. Returning with breath-taking views of Windsor Castle, Eton College, Mill house, Windsor Racecourse and The Brocas Meadows, this cruise is the ideal excursion for steam devotees and sightseers alike. 

Listen out for the unmistakeable sound of the steam whistle as the sister ships cruise past one another on this tranquil stretch of river, steeped in history. 

You may even be lucky enough to capture a photograph of the passing steamboat with the backdrop of her Majesty's favourite home; a rare sighting that could easily have been plucked from an old history book. 

This unique trip is excellent for those who have limited time and are keen to see Windsor's historic sites.

The Royal Windsor Steamboat Express runs Tuesdays between 4 June and 3 September with departures at: 10:00. 10:30, 11:30, 12:00, 13:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:00, 16:00 and 16:30.

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.

Events

Tuesday, 4th June 2019 - Tuesday, 3rd September 2019

French Brothers' SL Nuneham with Eton College chapel in the distanceRoyal Windsor Steamboat ExpressWith the arrival this summer of the Royal Windsor steam express, transporting passengers from Waterloo to Windsor by steam train, this one-hour French Brothers river cruise for all steam enthusiasts will perfectly complement a 'Steam Dreams' rail experience. 
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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
  • 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

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    625
  • Very Good
    277
  • Average
    82
  • Poor
    31
  • Terrible
    22

Recent Reviews:

  • DickieRobbins
    Reading, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Good tour
    3 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 10th July 2019
    We did 40 minute trip up the river. The tour was great and gave interesting local information and historic information. Very convenient embarking point right next to Browns, payment by card at the... Read full review
  • Rosemarie S
    Fantastic Night on the Party Boat!!
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 12th July 2019
    Attended a works summer party, fantastic night, great food great disco, great staff. 4 hours of fun fun fun!! Read full review
  • dippygee
    Maidenhead, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Luxury Afternoon Tea Cruise
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 13th July 2019
    Our group of 31 thoroughly enjoyed their 2-hour cruise downstream from Maidenhead, on board the 'Windsor Monarch'. Skipper David and his crew looked after us very well and everyone enjoyed it so much... 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

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 21 Dec 2019)

* 6 April to 27 October 2019: Daily 10:00 - 17:00. Trips run regularly, at least every 30 mins.
28 October to 21 December 2019: Weekends only 10:00 - 16:00. Out of peak season, trip will run subject to river conditions and available daylight.

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