South East - Berkshire


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

French Brothers have a fleet of 12 passenger boats on the River Thames offering daily public sailings, trips tailored to coach groups and private charters for events and parties. Based at Windsor, Maidenhead and Runnymede French Brothers boats can accommodate large groups of upto 180 passengers but also have vessels for smaller groups and even have options for less than 25 if required.

Amongst the fleet are two beautiful steam boats. Nuneham and Streatley have both undergone sympathetic restorations. With gleaming brass, teak decks and polished woodwork they are the finest examples of their kind. They are powered by Sissons triple expansion steam engines along with new Scotch boilers. Both are exposed so that passengers can see their workings and our steam engineers are always more than pleased to talk knowledgably and enthusiastically about the engine and the restoration.

There is a programme of special sailings, in particular afternoon tea cruises and lunch cruises, along with service trips, all of which can be booked online. Large groups or clubs can book these trips on non scheduled days benefitting from group rates and possibly exclusive use.

Boats can be chartered day or night for any private or business function with a great selection of party packages such as the ever popular riverboat shuffle. These are designed to help make the job of organizing a riverboat party easy and include all the important elements including catering and entertainment. Our vessels have hosted many other prestigious events. All are available for private charter for your milestone event such as a birthday or wedding anniversary celebration. We regularly convey wedding guests to their riverside venue or hotel, having been married in Windsor’s Guildhall. 

Our bookings team are on hand to take your enquiry and help you plan and book your amazing steam experience.

As you cruise the tranquil reaches of the River Thames you will encounter locks and weirs, bridges, mansions, racecourses, colleges and castles. We cruise through beautiful countryside, passing stunning riverside houses (many belong to well known celebrities).

Much of the local scenery is connected to Windsor Castle and Eton College and you will learn about many of the hidden treasures as we cruise through the Castes back garden. As the river flows around the Castle in a huge loop you get to see it from three sides including the state apartments and parts that have been restored following the fire.