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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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

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?

2022 prices are as follows:
Adult return: £7.50
Child return: £5.00
Adult single: £4.50
Child single: £3.00

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Adult£18.75 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Child 3-13£12.50 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Family (2+2)£50.00 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Family (2+3)£56.25 per ticket
2-hour Windsor Round Trip Senior 65+£17.25 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Adult£11.00 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Child 3-13£7.35 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Family (2+2)£26.15 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Family (2+3)£33.00 per ticket
40-minute Windsor Round Trip Senior 65+£10.00 per ticket
Adult Raceday Shuttle (return)£7.50 per ticket
Adult Raceday Shuttle (single)£4.50 per ticket
Child Raceday Shuttle (return)£5.00 per ticket
Child Raceday Shuttle (single)£3.00 per ticket

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

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  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access


  • 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
  • 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:

    • Sheila D
      Hillingdon, United Kingdom
      Two hour river trip
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 15th September 2022
      Very relaxing trip on the river with commentary and drinks available on board. We have done the 40 minute trip a few times before so thought we would try the 2 hour one and we’re not disappointed. Read full review
    • ColinEbike
      Trip Type:
      Worthwhile Windsor Attraction
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 2nd October 2022
      An excellent way to spend 40 mins ! Arrived on the Prom and booked on the next cruise. We did ask about a bus boat trip but were told you could only book these on the busses or online. ( If doing... Read full review
    • An_Old_Burian
      Norwich, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Pre-Christmas festive lunch cruise
      4 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 7th January 2023
      Considering that food isn't the main focus of their business, the pre-Christmas festive lunch trip along the Thames was very good.............they really "made the effort" and delivered in all areas... 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).


    • 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
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

    Opening Times

    40-minute Windsor Round Trip † (19 Feb 2022 - 30 Oct 2022)
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
    2-hour Windsor UPSTREAM CRUISE Daily at 13:30 (9 Apr 2022 - 25 Sept 2022)
    2-hour Windsor DOWNSTREAM CRUISE Daily at 14:00 (21 May 2022 - 25 Sept 2022)
    2-hour Windsor UPSTREAM CRUISE Weekends only at 13:30 (26 Sept 2022 - 30 Oct 2022)

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

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