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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

 

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

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2018
  • Excellent
    600
  • Very Good
    270
  • Average
    80
  • Poor
    29
  • Terrible
    21

Recent Reviews:

  • Barry S
    St Albans, United Kingdom
    Trip on Thames with French Brothers boat
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 9th May 2019
    Excellent trip with commentary along this beautiful stretch of the Thames. Everything on board to make this an enjoyable journey, bar for drinks, coffee, food and toilets. Staff are very helpful and... Read full review
  • keithedwina
    Yate, United Kingdom
    Group Visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 14th May 2019
    We had a visit to Windsor with 34 members of a South Glos U3A travel group. Our river cruise was booked in advance and was a two hour trip with a traditional cream tea on board. From beginning to end... Read full review
  • Alison M
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    On the river
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 16th May 2019
    We wanted to go in a boat ride and French brothers did not disappoint. We were offered a 40 minute or 2 hour tour and the 40 minute was enough for us. The tour was very informative and as soon as we... 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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