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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

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

  • PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
    At French Brothers, we will be running a photography competition whereby we'll be encouraging people to share their boat cruise pictures on Twitter @FrenchBrosBoats using the #EnglishTourismWeek19 for the chance to win a free family ticket (2 adults & 2 children for either our 40 minute or 2 hour cruise). The prize will be awarded to the best photo shared.

    10% OFF 40 MINUTE CRUISES
    To celebrate English Tourism Week, French Brothers boats are offering 10% off their 40-minute boat trips from the Windsor Promenade, a 2-minute walk from Windsor Castle. So hop aboard a French Brothers boat, grab a drink from the onboard bar and enjoy the magnificent views along the Royal River Thames.

    Just show this offer on your phone to bookings staff when purchasing to redeem the deal.

    More offers like this - English Tourism Week Offers

  • MOTHER'S DAY LUNCH CRUISE WITH FRENCH BROTHERS, 31 March 2019

    Board the boat at the Runnymede Boathouse for a 3-hour 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 - Mother's Day Offers

  • EASTER SUNDAY LUNCH CRUISE WITH FRENCH BROTHERS, 21 April 2019

    Board the boat at the Runnymede Boathouse for a 3-hour 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
    585
  • Very Good
    268
  • Average
    78
  • Poor
    28
  • Terrible
    21

Recent Reviews:

  • MrsHJF
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    40 minutes on river
    3 of 5 stars
    Monday, 18th February 2019
    This was a pleasant little trip 20 minutes down river and turn back 20 min. Not huge deal to see but there was commentary that was useful re bridges, birds etc. Drinks available and as it was sunny... Read full review
  • pjr2200
    Hucknall, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Very Good
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 20th February 2019
    On a break to Windsor, this appeared to be a good way to find out about the Thames around the castle. A 40 minute tour along the river was very informative and due to the weather was a good way to... Read full review
  • moniquet286
    Farnborough, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Lovely
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 26th February 2019
    Lovely 40 minute boat trip. Very informative. Nearly £10pp so not cheap given the condition of the boat, bar and seating areas. But it was a nice way to spend some time on a surprisingly sunny... 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)

* 2019 schedule: 1 Jan to 5 April 2019: Daily hourly 10:00 - 17:00. Out of peak season, trip will run subject to river conditions and available daylight.
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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