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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...more
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Brantwood Brantwood East of Lake, Coniston LA21 8AD, England
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Reviewed 2 January 2019

We walked from Coniston through Grizedale and into Brantwood taking the steamer back over to Coniston. We did not go into the house itself as we had dogs but the grounds were delightful and the cafe there a lovely place to stop and relax.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank UkTracyF
Reviewed 26 November 2018

Although we visited in the pouring rain we enjoyed our visit. The house is very interesting although only a few rooms open to the public, and the information about Ruskin fascinating. Probably more worthwhile to visit when you can take full advantage of the garden....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank furze2
Reviewed 22 November 2018

A small but interesting house. Only three or four rooms are open to the public but they are well-resented with Ruskin memorabilia. Some of the labelling is a bit scanty, but the video presentation Is well worth seeing before you look round. The usual gift...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank southendbootboy
Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

This is a lovely place to visit. So much to see and do. John Ruskin was a fascinating man and well worth getting to know all about him. The house is beautifully situated overlooking Lake Coniston. Lovely walks in the woods behind Brantwood and also...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Philip36
Reviewed 31 October 2018

I did not know much about John Ruskin when I came here but the information at the house is enough for an introduction. He was an important 19th century art critic and pre-raphaelite enthusiast. The house is not large but in a stunning setting overlooking...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank IanR2758
Reviewed 29 October 2018

John Ruskin's home for the latter part of his life. Full of interesting information about the man and his works. If you don't know John Ruskin his home will fill some of the gaps and may spark a desire to learn more about this remarkable...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Doug R
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

Branteood is a lovely historical house, set in a perfect spot above Coniston Water. The different rooms in the house along with the art displayed in them are very interesting. The gardens are so inspiring with beautiful views around. Tea Room was lovely and well...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Inbal J
Reviewed 1 October 2018

We had a lovely visit here as part of a large group visit. The house was informative and had many interesting displays which told me a lot about the life of a man I hadn't really heard much about before. It's been well looked after...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Stephanie O
Reviewed 29 September 2018

On a bright, sunny morning we ventured to Brantwood, the fascinating home of John Ruskin, famous writer, artist and social reformer 1872-1900. Standing in a 250 acre estate on the edge of Lake Coniston it was a remarkable location with far reaching views. The house...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Michael H
Reviewed 25 September 2018

House ok, but not many rooms to look at. Cafe an absolute rip off. £12.30 for tea and 2 pieces of chocolate brownie and very slow service. Yet more examples of tourists being ripped off in the lakes.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from johnJ6849BN | Reviewed this property |
Half a day if you eat in the cafe and look around the house. The views are so good and the staff are so nice,you might want to stay all day!