South East - Berkshire


The Clewer Boathouse,
Clewer Court Road, Windsor, Berkshire
t: 01753 827345

Established in 1978 as a family run passenger boat company, French Brothers continue today as a family run operation on the upper Thames with public, group and private sailings. Their fleet of sixteen craft can be seen cruising from the birthplace of democracy Runnymede, home of the signing of the Magna Carta through historic Windsor, still revelling in its Royal Wedding festivity, onto Maidenhead, home to the famous millionaires row and Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s sounding arch; a quieter stretch of the river, which attracts travellers looking to get away from a neighbouring and more lively cousin. French Brothers never lose sight of the finest detail priding themselves on customer satisfaction with a cruise to suit all tastes.

With 2 hour and 40 minute cruises running daily from The Windsor Promenade, fantastic views of the castle and beyond are available daily making it easy for people to experience the best view in town from the river even if they are on a restricted time schedule. Cream Tea Hampers are available as an online exclusive for the longer sailings. 

Especially for groups are our intimate 2 hour lunch and tea cruises leaving from Runnymede, Windsor, and Maidenhead. Served on china, groups can dine in our comfortable lower saloon with a choice of Ploughmans or shepherds pie for a lunch option whereas the cream tea includes a selection finger sandwiches, tea cakes and scones. 

Service trips are available from Runnymede and Maidenhead, which give passengers the opportunity to travel from their chosen destination to Windsor by boat, enjoying all the town has to offer before sailing back in style in the afternoon. There is even an option to travel to Hampton Court by boat, available selected days of the week throughout the summer. Enjoy the longest cruise offered by French Brothers, with 6 locks to travel through on the way and a majestic view of Hampton Court Palace to greet you 

There are special events for public throughout the summer including bird and wildlife cruise, a Sunday lunch cruise, steamboat tea cruises and historic tea cruises and autumn colours cruises. Available for public passengers and groups, our special events offer unique tailored cruises up and downstream delicious menus included.