Brantwood, the Coniston former home of John Ruskin is a historic house, museum and vibrant centre for the arts, with a wealth of things to see and do for the whole family. Brantwood offers a fascinating insight into the world of John Ruskin and the last 28 years of his life spent in the Lake District.
Filled with many fine paintings, beautiful furniture and Ruskin’s personal treasures, the house retains the character of its famous resident. Our visitors are free to explore the rooms and house stewards are on hand to answer questions. There are a range of quizzes and activities for children to enjoy.
Experience John Ruskin’s legacy and inspiration at Brantwood, overlooking Coniston Water, one of the most beautifully situated houses in the Lake District.
Renowned as a writer, artist and thinker, Ruskin’s home is filled with his art and treasured items that reflect the huge variety of his interests.
Gain an insight into Ruskin’s ideas as you explore his fascinating and dynamic estate, with gardens, pastures, ancient woods, high moors and spectacular views.
Visitors enjoy a vibrant programme of exhibitions and events, including regular guided garden tours and activities for children.
Brantwood has unique and beautiful mountainside gardens, set in a 250 acre wood estate with spectacular views over Consiton Water and the fells beyond.
With a stunning diversity of flora and fauna, these ancient semi-natural woodlands comprise half the 250 acre estate. Elsewhere the estate ranges from lakeshore meadows to high, open fell. The estate is a paradise for walkers of all abilities, from low level rambles to energetic hikes to Crag Head. A range of trails thread the estate and a trail guide is available at reception.
At the Estate’s heart are eight unique and beautiful gardens which continue the many radical experiments in land management and horticulture which Ruskin began. They are broadly divided into three areas – the northern and southern gardens, which involve some walking uphill, and the lower gardens which are suitable for all. Dogs on a lead are allowed in the gardens.
Situated in Brantwood’s former coach house, The Terrace Coffee House and Restuarant offers a unique combination of sublime scenery, cultural heritage, and causal coffee house culture.
Unique holiday accommodation is available throughout the year in the Eyrie (sleeps 2), or Lodge (sleeps up to 9).
Open all year. Mid Mar – mid Nov, daily 10.30am – 5pm. Mid Nov – mid Mar, Wed – Sun 10.30am – 4pm.
Brantwood is located on the east shore of Coniston Water, opposite Coniston village. Off B5285 signposted from Hawkshead and Coniston. Also via bus connecting with boats at Coniston jetty.