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

One of the nicest historical homes I've ever visited, it just has such a lovely atmosphere. There... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lisa H
Stoney Stanton, United Kingdom
Lovely spot

Stopped here from a boat trip on Coniston, unfortunately we didn't have time to visit the house but... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Alec L
Orpington, 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 2 days 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 3 days 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 days 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 6 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Brantwood from the boat jetty. It was a rather steep walk up a slope and steps and would not suit everybody. The house was very interesting and lots of leaflets to guide you thru each room. Lots of information about John Ruskin . Magnificent...More

Thank MartSalford_England
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well-judged interpretive material, sensitive recreation of original interiors and extensive gardens - one of the Lake District's cultural highlights (with The Terrace café to match!). And if you like this, don't miss Blackwell, the arts and crafts house overlooking Windermere.

Thank wonderbrawn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful way to get a feel for John Ruskin's life and philosophy. All the rooms in the house have interesting interpretative information and there's plenty of material in addition to stepping into the home of Ruskin and his family. The restaurant and gardens...More

Thank Janet M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house was home to John Ruskin, social reformer, and poet, with lots of rooms and information to explore. Great cafe on the same site, available seperate to the house, with, views, wifi, and wonderful menu choices for all dietary needs. A Lodge is available...More

Thank Trevor M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friends got married here & the food the place served afterwards was fanstastic (a mediterranean style buffet)!

Thank ferrit2000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Trip across the Lake Coniston on the ferry to the gentile house and gardens once inhabited by controversial artist, writer and philosopher John Ruskin. Gracefully restored and curated, gardens are quirkily laid out, and the all important tea rooms of course!

Thank apsoldershaw
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