We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Open today: 10:30 - 17:00
Review Highlights
A fascinating glimpse of the life of a great man.

Anyone unfamiliar with the life of John Ruskin (1819-1900) would do well to read a little around... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
St. Lucia
via mobile
Lovely summer day visit

We used the gondola from Coniston across the late to Brantwood. Everyone was very friendly and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Barry R
via mobile
Read all 366 reviews
All photos (169)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“john ruskin”(132 reviews)
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
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:30 - 17:00
See all hours
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Brantwood Brantwood East of Lake, Coniston LA21 8AD, England
+44 15394 41396
Reviews (366)
Filter reviews
361 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsjohn ruskininteresting houseintroductory videoconiston watershort filmhis lifetea roomsausage rollsworth a visitsocial reformerhome madestunning locationvictorian artextensive gardensopen to the publicexcellent cafeterrace cafe
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 361 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Anyone unfamiliar with the life of John Ruskin (1819-1900) would do well to read a little around the subject before visiting. This house was the creation of a truly great man. He was a social reformer and champion of the poor. He was a patron...More

Thank travelpig_9
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We used the gondola from Coniston across the late to Brantwood. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. Our visit to the house explained the life of John Ruskin. Whilst the garden was suffering from the drought is was still looking interesting and colour to be...More

Thank Barry R
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful home which has been considerately and sensitively preserved and curated and really enables you to feel the spirit and essence of John Ruskin, a visionary, wonderful soul.

Thank elizjc2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The cafe is in spectacular spot and we were looking forward to enjoying a nice lunch with a view before visiting the house and gardens. Both myself and my husband ordered a Cumberland and black pudding sausage roll with salad and we both found small...More

1  Thank Jacqui G
BrantwoodTerrace, General Manager at Brantwood, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Jacqui, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your recent visit to Brantwood. You are quite right that it is not normal or acceptable to find shot in the Cumberland Sausage rolls and having investigated it seems you were inadvertently...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited on a few occasions and this is well worth a visit.It encapsulates Ruskin's ideas and his way of life. The gardens and scenes across the lake are spectacular.

Thank Tina T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brantwood House is important architecturally - relating to the arts and crafts movement, art nouveau and gothic.. As the home of Ruskin it was somewhere I wanted to visit for a long time. There's a strong sense of Ruskin's presence here, and his art work,...More

Thank Harry S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped off here whilst on a trip around Coniston. The Gardens were pleasant, but much of the land is wooded. Great views across the lake to the old man of Coniston

Thank KP11347
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My dog and I went to Brantwood via the ferry ( caught from Coniston Pier). The gardens are stunning and so pretty, we'll worth a tour. Dogs can't go in the house so we stuck to the gardens (free) and visited the Cafe- I can...More

Thank cornishgal59
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a wet day in June. Took the launch across Coniston lake. Quiet very a few steps upto house through gardens from jetty. House itself stats with a 15 minutes narrative and visual introduction to John Ruskin. The house itself is well laid out...More

Thank maggie1966
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

We spent an enjoyable couple of hours at Brantwood on a glorious June weekday afternoon. You can get a good impression of the property in a couple of hours, or spend all day wandering the estate in the footsteps of John Ruskin and his cat...More

Thank Alwrites
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
21 March 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from lynnie44 | Reviewed this property |
2 to 3 hrs including the gardens then the same in the fab licensed cafe!