I became fascinated by John Ruskin after visiting Brantwood (near Coniston, his home in later life) in March 2008. When I returned to the Lakes in September 2008, I couldn't wait to see the Ruskin Museum and go back to Brantwood.
I would highly recommend going to the Ruskin Museum following a visit to Brantwood. The museum is a lovely way to spend a rainy morning or afternoon; it's a fascinating look at Ruskin's life and the local history. The displays are great; it's a really visual museum and much better presented than many larger institutions. There's enough here to please anyone of any age!
The museum shop is also a great resource for purchasing local walk leaflets; the Coppermines walk is great (although a bit of an uphill battle!) and there are several other walkes that leave right from the museum. The shops also sells a variety of pamphlets on different topics and provide a great taste of all aspects of local life and history.
The only downside to the museum is its website, which is disappointing and led me to think that the museum would be badly run and badly organised. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised!
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