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| Off B5285, east of Lake, Coniston LA21 8AD, England
+44 15394 41396
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A hidden gem

The house tells you a lot about the life, times and work of John Ruskin - although nothing about... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
70th birthday treat

This is well worth a visit where John Ruskin lived and worked. He entertained many visitors there... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 1 week ago

The house tells you a lot about the life, times and work of John Ruskin - although nothing about poor Effie. The location is superb, with probably the best views in England from every room. The gardens were lovely - although the steep gradient puts...More

Thank Borderer12
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is well worth a visit where John Ruskin lived and worked. He entertained many visitors there but he also used the Waterhead Hotel as an overflow for some of his visitors. There is also a museum in Coniston town showing Ruskins work. There is...More

Thank billmitchison
Reviewed 1 week ago

On a day trip to Coniston where it was actually dry, while in Lancashire it rained non-stop. The point of the trip was to visit John Ruskin's house Brantwood, which was smaller than we expected, although the views across the lake were stunning. It was...More

Thank 757travellinggrandma
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting film to start the visit off. Beautiful building, decor and location. Lovely gardens. Exhibition in the studio area was very good. Good selection of items in the shop and the cafe. We had a very tasty tomato and herb soup sitting outside with...More

Thank Erica P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wet weather activity! The house was the home of John Ruskin & is beautiful. The setting is amazing as it looks over Conniston Water. It's only small so doesn't take long to view but it has plenty of his artwork as well as others. Gardens...More

Thank Glynis E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's many years since we visited John Ruskin's house, and we really enjoyed spending time in the house and gardens. Ruskin's story is thought-provoking and it is useful to spend 15 minutes watching the introductory film before going round the house. He was a great...More

Thank Rosiecat55
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the nicest historical homes I've ever visited, it just has such a lovely atmosphere. There aren't many rooms to view but all are lovely and the staff are so helpful and obviously passionate about John Ruskin and his home. The only downside was...More

Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here from a boat trip on Coniston, unfortunately we didn't have time to visit the house but we did have a lovely lunch in the cafe overlooking the lake. Good food in a lovely setting, would like to spend more time here next time.

Thank Alec L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I visited Brantwood with my sister in June 2017. I drove from my hotel in Bowness, using the ferry. The drive from the ferry was signposted so I did not miss the correct turning. To a townie like me, this drive was very different -...More

Thank hazelwright4
Reviewed 19 June 2017

We were fortunate to visit John Ruskin's home and gardens this May. It was interesting to learn more about Ruskin and see his home, but we especially enjoyed the gardens which were in full bloom. Even the public bathrooms are worth viewing as the interior...More

Thank TravelHearts
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