Brantwood
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • rdjones687
    Agadir, Morocco40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Staff at John Ruskin's fascinating home very helpful for disabled couple.
    While staying in Coniston, we were interested in John Ruskin's home, gardens & spectacular views of Lake Coniston, but after orthopaedic surgery 7 months ago we doubted if we could manage steep slope from carpark to house. Staff kindly allowed us to drive up to front of house & then drive down a little to the cafe before leaving. We found the house fascinating and views of the lake spectacular. Staff explained the story of the house clearly; there were ample exhibits and some chairs to rest on, particularly in the last room set up as a reading room with wonderful views of the garden and lake. The house has been conserved very much as Ruskin left it, with his extensions & work explained. Many Ruskin artworks and some of WM Turner's, too. Fascinating family story which we are following up with books bought in the Brantwood House shop. Thank you to Brantwood House staff for your help.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 26 May 2023
  • Allison Shields
    Killin, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular house and gardens with stunning views across Coniston waters.
    We have been visiting this area of the Lake District for years, but had never visited Brantwood until this year. Beautiful house and gardens with spectacular views of Coniston waters. Lovely staff in the cafe and gift shop. There are many walks you can do around the various gardens, which was great. We tied our visit in with a trip to Coniston, which is only a short drive from Brantwood. Our only regret is not visiting sooner.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Chris U
    Sunderland, United Kingdom179 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive house with amazing views
    I visited Brantwood with my elderly parents. We used the launch to visit. On the launch We were able to buy discounted tickets to. After a nice boat trip around the lake, we walked through a small garden to gain access to the house. The house was interesting and nice to wander around. The surrounding area has an artist studio which can be visited and gardens to explore, we didn't see most of the gardens doe to my mother's mobility issues, but I would like to revisit later. Cafe is worth visiting and the lavender cake was nice. During the visit, I recognised part of the building where I had a photo taken when I was 4.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Sally W
    Moray, United Kingdom33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shells and minerals
    My second visit, after a gap of many years and I find that my view of Rushkin has not changed. Yes, he was a visionary in terms of art and architecture. Yes he helped bring about great social changes. But his attitude to women... and nine year old girls... was well dodgy. That said, it is interesting to potter around the house. Which you can do at your own pace, taking time to study the things that interest you. I very much appreciated that. There is even an invitation to sit in one of the two chairs in the wee library, to read a book, or just contemplate the view across the lake. Lovely! The grounds are great fun. Not for those with mobility issues, sadly, as there is a fair amount of steepness and the path can be tricky underfoot. However, for those who are able, it is lovely to be able to wander around between relatively well kept gardens and wild areas. The pond is well worth the walk, acting as an eye to capture the sky. For those interested in minerals, pop into the Treasury to see part of Rushkin's collection, all helpfully labelled. The tea room is just down the brae, with enormous pieces of cake and a selection of hot and cold drinks on offer, with a choice of indoor or outdoor seating.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Peter Hopkins
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding
    What a real gem. Beautiful views, stunning gardens, friendly and helpful staff at the reception and in the house. A really special and tranquil spot that I’d highly recommend to anyone wanting to escape some of the busier touristy spots. £14 entry but can be used again and lasts for the year.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
  • artist697969
    Queensbury, United Kingdom19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    visit to John Ruskin house at Brantwood
    we have visited it before but this time my wife had a mobility scooter we were able to park beside the house . it was a fascinating visit which was well set out the gardens are lovely but no good for mobility users we had a nice meal at the cafe. For those who have not been there it was the home of John Ruskin and well worth a visit
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • michael m
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow
    Well worth the price as you get free visits for the rest of the year. An amazing place with walks through gladed areas and running streams, above the actual house that Ruskin lived in which is included in the price. Guides are sutuated within the house who are informative and friendly, there is also useful bits of information to read as you walk through the various rooms within the house. This incudes an archway wehre you can see the carriage used by Ruskin to get around in. Amazing views and the cafe which is accessible to passers by to is good value with well presented food served by lovely staff team to your table.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Richard B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brantwood Lodge, 6 day visit
    The accommodation in the Lodge was just what we needed: quiet (very), well equipped (the kitchen met the specification of the best cook in our party) and clean, Everyone working on the Brantwood 'site' (holiday lettings - but only three, of which this is the largest...and they're not attached to each other... shop & museum / gallery, adjacent cafe) was friendly and welcoming: a good experience, well away from the often ultra-overcrowded Windermere / Ambleside / Grasmere strip. Both Liitle and Great Langdales, and further west, all easily accesssible...no traffic jams. Recommended.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 October 2023
  • HelenB
    Weston-in-Gordano, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great lakeside retreat
    Idyllic lakeside retreat with stunning views. So peaceful. Wonderful scenery on doorstep, gardens to explore, lovely dog walks, even ventured into the lake for a swim! On site Terrace cafe is excellent. Coachman’s Quarters were comfy and equipped to a very high standard. Couldn’t fault our welcome and stay here. Would wholeheartedly recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Mike A
    Southampton, United Kingdom65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out
    Fascinating insight into the life and works of John Ruskin. Great walks round the grounds as well. We loved the cafe too, good food with creative elements and great quality. Lovely cakes too.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 October 2023
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Candj9173
North West England, UK772 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We finally arrived less than an hour before Brantwood closed. Staff were very keen to point out how we could make the best of our short window and all the 'must sees' of the house and grounds. A lot of it is not accessible for anyone with mobility issues so just a heads up about that.

The house is spotless and very well laid out. The views from there are stunning and it was a clear day when we visited so we got to see the very best of Coniston Water.

The grounds are well kept and a lovely path winds its way through them. I wish the weather had been better so we could see it all at its best.

Currently, if you Gift Aid your entrance fee you can re-visit the house over the following 12 months. A great idea and one that we hopefully will take up.
Written 13 April 2024
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Katy D
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Not great for those with Mobilty issues as someone has already mentioned so we were unable to see the exhibitions outside due to this. The house itself is lovely and I interesting . I was really excited to go to the cafe as there were a number of vegan things on the menu and there’s not much choice in Cumbria bar a few places like Chester’s snd Zeffirellis . We got there after 3 to the cafe and were told only tea coffee and cakes with only one listed as vegan though the lady said the gluten free one was also but it was not labelled as vegan so I couldn’t eat it really labelling is so important to those with allergies . The oat milk was old and off and curdled in the cup so I couldn’t even drink this . I have photos. We are not sure if we go again due to this disappointing experience . Also you’d think a place like this could do better than a flap Jack which tasted like sawdust and was something out of the 1970’s ! .
Written 28 January 2024
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Kate C
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Great place to go on a rainy day
Lots to read and learn nice cafe great views and superbly friendly staff make the place.
Written 30 December 2023
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Pete C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Very interesting home of John Ruskin. We really enjoyed our visit. Very friendly staff in the home and in the lovely gift shop.
Written 23 November 2023
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shanhar
Ulverston, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A very warm welcome from Steve as we parked our car.
A warm smile and very friendly words.
Set the tone for a lovely return visit.
Everywhere looked so well cared for and loved the walk to the new jetty.
Highly recommended
Written 5 November 2023
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Mike A
Southampton, UK65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Fascinating insight into the life and works of John Ruskin. Great walks round the grounds as well. We loved the cafe too, good food with creative elements and great quality. Lovely cakes too.
Written 30 October 2023
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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK7,002 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
There are lower and upper gardens. The Lower Gardens are located near to the jetty and are what you would expect from a garden, with plants and flowers in borders. It is small and there was not a lot to see in early September, we maybe spent around 5 minutes here then walked to jetty for another 10 minutes to look across the water.

The Upper Gardens have several routes you can walk to explore a lovely wooded area. The Upper Gardens are located on a hill so the paths are very steep and narrow with some steps, definitely not pram accessible but we had our baby in the carrier and enjoyed exploring the woods. We walked most of the routes on the map and this took us around 45 minutes, so a lot smaller than it looks at first on the map (see attached photo).

We read that there is a nice cafe and a gift shop, but we did not visit. Open daily from 10.30am to 4pm. Tickets to House and Gardens are £14. We were able to use our 2-4-1 Gardening World voucher, so a very good price, especially as tickets can be used again within 1 year.

The house is quite small but picturesque and has nice views of Coniston waters. We enjoyed looking around the rooms for around 20 minutes before the baby woke up. Ruskin had many collections, we were most impressed by his collection of gems/stones. No doubt those with similar interests could spend hours here.

Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Randomly I was most impressed by the toilets! Yes I actually took photos of the fun 'under the sea' toilet seats and mosaic style nature-themed walls.

While we enjoyed our visit, in our opinion there are far better houses and gardens to explore nearby. This was our second visit to the area, which is why we have moved onto our secondary choice activities. So would really only recommend this to those who know about Ruskin and want to learn more, or those like us who have
Written 20 October 2023
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Jezza
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Firstly, the dog-friendly cafe is superb - the food is delicious with many veggie/vegan options, coffee is excellent, and the service super friendly. Cafe has wonderful views over the lake, and can be enjoyed no matter the weather. The house and gardens are full of treasures, with beautiful woodland walks. A return trip to the cafe before home time is recommended (or maybe we're just greedy!!)
Written 20 October 2023
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HelenB
Weston-in-Gordano, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Idyllic lakeside retreat with stunning views. So peaceful. Wonderful scenery on doorstep, gardens to explore, lovely dog walks, even ventured into the lake for a swim! On site Terrace cafe is excellent. Coachman’s Quarters were comfy and equipped to a very high standard. Couldn’t fault our welcome and stay here. Would wholeheartedly recommend.
Written 16 October 2023
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Richard B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The accommodation in the Lodge was just what we needed: quiet (very), well equipped (the kitchen met the specification of the best cook in our party) and clean, Everyone working on the Brantwood 'site' (holiday lettings - but only three, of which this is the largest...and they're not attached to each other... shop & museum / gallery, adjacent cafe) was friendly and welcoming: a good experience, well away from the often ultra-overcrowded Windermere / Ambleside / Grasmere strip. Both Liitle and Great Langdales, and further west, all easily accesssible...no traffic jams. Recommended.
Written 12 October 2023
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