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| Off B5285, east of Lake, Coniston LA21 8AD, England
+44 15394 41396
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Vista extraordinaire

A really interesting house and garden with fantastic views. It may not be the fanciest you can see... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Allan S
Christchurch, New Zealand
via mobile
Breathtaking views

It's well worth the trip to this beautiful house, the former home of John Ruskin, just to sit... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Barnsley, United Kingdom
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The former home of artist and writer John Ruskin is perched high above Coniston Water. Brantwood offers a fascinating insight into the world of John Ruskin and the last 28 years of his life spent at Coniston. Filled with many fine paintings, beautiful furniture and Ruskin’s personal treasures, the house retains the character of its famous resident. Famous as a writer, artist and social reformer, many great thinkers have been influenced by Ruskin’s ideas. Brantwood remains a place of inspiration. Displays and activities in the house, gardens and estate reflect the wealth of cultural associations with Ruskin’s legacy – from the Pre Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts Movement to the founding of the National Trust and the Welfare State. With its many contemporary exhibitions, concerts, courses and special events, together with its education work in the wider community, Brantwood continues in the Ruskin tradition today.
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| Off B5285, east of Lake, Coniston LA21 8AD, England
+44 15394 41396
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A really interesting house and garden with fantastic views. It may not be the fanciest you can see but it spoke to each of us as a place to live. A very good shop as well. Gave me a different or additional perspective on Ruskin!

Thank Allan S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It's well worth the trip to this beautiful house, the former home of John Ruskin, just to sit looking out from the terrace of the lovely little cafe there, taking in the magnificent views of Coniston water and surrounding scenery. The museum itself is interesting...More

Thank Lisa_H043
Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely little house with some attractive pictures , a lot of information and a great coffee/food cafe. You can get there by boat from Coniston Pier

Thank Johntherunner
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took shelter here & explored the decorative rooms . Learnt the history & life of Ruskin . The cafe is busy but worth it . All home made. Tables shared with strangers & a little chat .

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The views from the Ruskin home will surely take your breath away. The drive up there is not the easiest, but definitely worth it. The cafe serves some great food and cakes as well. Ruskin's paintings are truly awe inspiring and nature in its full...More

Thank Sudeep78
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ruskin's former home offers a wealth of information and a fascinating insight into the world of John Ruskin, with much to do and see for all members of the family. Parking is free, as is access for chikdren!. The climb from the car park to...More

Thank john t
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Eve visited Brantwood many times during the last 10 years and have majored in the house and lower gardens. This year, on two occasions, we have walked up to the topmost garden, near to where there is an exit to the moorland and hill tops...More

Thank Johnty1963
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Ruskin built this house and lodge. It has now got a fine bistro style restaurant, shop and well kept gardens. The views over Coniston are superb.

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

We hopped off the coniston launch to have a little nosey at this place. We stayed in the lower gardens (free) and then had a relaxing drink in the lovely cafe, sitting on the terrace overlooking the wonderful views. Our boys enjoyed the little pebble...More

Thank elaine-7
Reviewed 30 July 2017

The visit started with an informative film about Ruskin's life, which put the contents of the house in perspective. The house contained an amazing collection of pictures, furniture and interesting objects. We recommend eating at the Terrace restaurant.

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