Discover one of Lakeland’s best kept secrets. The Rough Guide names The Ruskin Museum “the most thought-provoking in the Lakes” for its amazing stories that touch your heart & make your imagination soar. Meet Coniston’s iconic blue-eyed heroes. Enjoy our exquisite watercolours & drawings by John Ruskin, the radically subversive Victorian pundit on art, architecture & moral values, and thrill at the exploits & tragic end of 1950s/60s Speed Ace Donald Campbell. Marvel at Bluebird K7’s triumphant seven World Water Speed Records. Identify Arthur Ransome’s “great lake in the north,” the heart of Swallows & Amazons country, amidst the coppice woods, Herdwicks, fells, slate-quarries and coppermines of plain-living, high-thinking Coniston.
Open all year. Mid-Mar – mid-Nov daily 10am-5.30pm. Mid-Nov – mid-Mar, Tue – Sun 10.30am – 3.30pm (last entry 60 minutes before closing).
In Coniston village centre, opposite Fire Station, behind Coniston Institute. Limited disabled parking. Free parking on lane; entry between Co-Op & Black Bull, past gate, round bend on left.