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Brantwood

Brantwood East of Lake, Coniston LA21 8AD, England
+44 15394 41396
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Fascinating place and a good cafe

We had heard of Ruskin as a writer and designer but not as a social reformer - his ideas were way... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Diana W
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Worth reading up a bit about Ruskin before your visit.

This was a return visit. Why go back? There is quite a lot to take in about Ruskin the man and what... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
leonard m
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Edinburgh, 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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Brantwood East of Lake, Coniston LA21 8AD, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had heard of Ruskin as a writer and designer but not as a social reformer - his ideas were way ahead of his time. Make sure you watch the 15 minute film offered on the way in to the house, it really packs a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a return visit. Why go back? There is quite a lot to take in about Ruskin the man and what he achieved. He was a lot more than an art critic! You can get that from books and the internet, but there is...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed visiting the house but we're a bit disappointed at how few rooms were open to the public.

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

The aim today was making our way to Brantwood for lunch. Sadly, as far as the 4 off us are concerned the ambience and historical nature of the eating facility has been lost. Gone are the old farming and vehicular items of interest. Gone is...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Visited before and worth another visit. Nearby Terrace Cafe has been renovated since our last visit- much improved including wood burning stove. Good coffee.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Visited the gardens last summer using the 2 for 1 card from Gardener's World magazine. All I can say is I'm glad we didn't pay full price! Most of the gardens are scrappy and poorly kept and the flower beds are overgrown with weeds. The...More

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Reviewed 24 February 2018

This is exactly how this type of attraction should be presented. All others in the lake district take note! Interesting, beautiful scenery and surroundings,well maintained light and well kept. Where else have you visited and seen a sign on the piano inviting you to play...More

Thank Gary S
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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

Visited as it was raining. Interesting history of the place. Ashamed to say I knew nothing about Ruskin but what a guy! Interesting gallery exhibition and stones music room. Lovely gardens. Fab cafe lovely food and books to read on the tables. Definitely recommend as...More

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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

Visited on a rainy afternoon there is a very informative video before the tour. The open part of the house is small but lovely and the views are stunning. Had a very pleasant visit

Thank BlackpoolCarol
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

An introductory video gave an overview of the house and its owner, John Ruskin. Each room was full of fascinating memorabilia and furnishings which evoked his life and times. The sheer volume of his writing output is brought vividly to life by he bookshelves packed...More

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Terminallytangerine
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Response from lynnie44 | Reviewed this property |
2 to 3 hrs including the gardens then the same in the fab licensed cafe!
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