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| Off B5285, east of Lake, Coniston LA21 8AD, England
+44 15394 41396
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Secret moorland garden

Eve visited Brantwood many times during the last 10 years and have majored in the house and lower... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
via mobile
Fascinating house with great history

Ruskin built this house and lodge. It has now got a fine bistro style restaurant, shop and well... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michael H
Nuneaton, 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 6 days ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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.

1  Thank vh1102
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 8 July 2017 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 27 June 2017

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 26 June 2017 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
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