Brantwood – The World of John Ruskin

Brantwood offers an 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. Brantwood’s historical Lakeland estate comprises 250 acres, with gardens created by John Ruskin, his cousin Joan Severn and head gardener Sally Beamish. At the estate’s heart are eight unique gardens which continue the many radical experiments in land management and horticulture which Ruskin began.

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.

Brantwood offers contemporary exhibitions, concerts, courses and special events, together with its education work in the wider community. Please see individual posts for further information on exhibitions.


Further information:
  • Brantwood is open every day during summer (10.30 – 5.00) and Wednesday to Sunday (from 13 November) during winter (10.30 – 4.30), also closing on Christmas & Boxing Day.
  • Costs: Admission to the house and gardens is £15.00 for adults, £12.50 for students and free for children (16 and under).
  • Location Brantwood, Coniston,  Cumbria  LA21 8AD
  • For more information please call  015394 41396; email: