French Brothers Windsor boat trip



French Brothers Windsor boat trip

Windsor Promenade
Barry Avenue


Admire Windsor Castle from the water during a relaxing, 40-minute French Brothers Windsor boat trip.

See Windsor from a different angle and enjoy panoramic views of the royal town aboard this 40-minute circular sightseeing cruise on the river Thames. 

View from the river on Windsor Castle surrounded by a green canopy.

Among the highlights of this French Brothers river cruise in Windsor is a unique angle of Windsor Castle, an official residence of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

What will I see on the cruise?

Set  off from Windsor Promenade on a beautiful passenger river boat and sail upstream towards Boveney Lock and Weir, and back, taking in the gorgeous scenery as you glide past the tranquil riverbanks of the Thames.

A man and woman are standing and discussing with animation while waiting to board the Windsor sightseeing river boat.

As you venture along the river , admire incomparable views of Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of King Charles III, and final resting place of Queen Elizabeth II at St George’s  Chapel.

Get a glimpse of one of Britain’s  top institution, Eton College, counting royals such as Prince William and many prime ministers as graduates. The boarding school for boys is known for its long-standing history and rigorous academic curriculum.

A French Brothers Windsor boat sails along the river bordering the royal city of Windsor.

As the cruise approaches its sharpest turn at Clewer Point, don’t miss the Royal Windsor Racecourse, an iconic racecourse frequently visited by the Royal Family. The Windsor Racecourse is located on an island of 165 acres (67 hectares ) in the middle of the river Thames, it offers a unique and picturesque setting for racegoers.

Keep a look out for  Windsor’s most prestigious houses gracing the riverbanks, including the iconic Mill House. Once a working mill, this residence has been restored to its former glory and has been home to renowned celebrities including Michael Caine and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.

Will I see any wildlife on this tour?

A man and a woman are feeding swans swarming towards the riverfront where a sightseeing riverboat is docked.

As you go past the railway bridge, see the Cuckoo Weir Island, where a swan rescue centre operates. Learn about swan upping, a ritual process where the King’s Swan Marker assesses the health of the swan population – during this historic tradition, swans and their cygnets are counted, weighed and marked. 

Witness the salmon ladder at Boveney Lock, which has been designed to help fish in their upstream migration as part of a program dedicated to reintroducing salmon to the river Thames.

While cruising around Windsor, keep your eyes alert to spot some waterfowl on the shores. Apart from the ever-present white swans, you might see some herons, cormorants, Canada geese, Mandarin and Mallard ducks, and even a Kingfisher. 

On Windsor docks, dozens of swans have gathered along the river as a couple feeds them.

Facilities on board include a well-stocked bar serving a selection of light refreshments.

How do I get tickets for the cruise?

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How long is the cruise?

The French Brothers Windsor boat trip lasts approximately 40 minutes.

Where and what time does the cruise start?

The cruise departs from Windsor Promenade on Barry Avenue in Windsor, SL4 1QX. Please bring your e-ticket to be scanned at the French Brothers Windsor ticket office before the cruise departs. It is located next to the departure point.

You do not need to pre-book a timeslot, as you will be granted entry on the next available cruise. Cruises depart every 30 minutes or every hour, depending on the time of year and the day - check the sailing times in advance.

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Prices and opening times

Child Ticket From £8.00 per ticket
Senior Ticket From £10.80 per ticket
Adult Ticket From £12.00 per ticket

Opening Times

Sailing times:

01 January to 10 February: Weekends only – hourly from 10am to 3pm (out of peak season, trips run subject to river conditions and available daylight.)

11 February to 29 October: Daily – every 30 minutes from 10am to 5pm

30 October to 22 December: Weekends only – hourly from 10am to 3pm (out of peak season, trips run subject to river conditions and available daylight.)