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Brantwood, image courtesy of venue

John Ruskin was one of England’s most influential social and cultural thinkers, and Brantwood was his home. A high minded socialist, Ruskin was a radical voice in Victorian society, and his ideologies have influenced everything from the creation of the National Health Service to public libraries and the Welfare State. Culturally, he championed the role of the artisan, the master craftsman whose work was an antidote to the mass production of the Industrial Revolution, thus spawning the Arts and Crafts Movement and with it the Pre-Raphaelites. Brantwood itself is a lovely and personal home that has been turned into a museum. It explores the continued impact of Ruskin’s work and is filled with personal memorabilia and  collections as well as a series of changing exhibitions. As you might expect,  the setting is divine –  beautiful gardens and of course stunning views over Coniston Water.  If you can, arrive by launch from nearby Coniston.

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Full ground floor access

Admission Charges

Adult £6.30, Child £1.35

Commercial and Hire Services

Available to hire

Services and Facilities

Bookshop, restaurant, crafts gallery

Opening Hours

  • Wednesday10:30am - 10:30am
  • Thursday10:30am - 10:30am
  • Friday10:30am - 10:30am
  • Saturday10:30am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday10:30am - 5:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

What's on near Brantwood

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Where to go near Brantwood

Grizedale Arts

Grizedale Arts continues to explore the role of art in society from its award winning eco-base near Coniston.

Grizedale Forest

Home to 60 site specific sculptures, Grizedale Sculpture in Grizedale Forest near Hawkshead offers a pioneering and permanently evolving environmental arts and adventure programme.

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Bed & Breakfast
Lawson Park Farm Cottage

Award-winning self-catering holiday accommodation that is not only beautiful but also supports the pioneering work of Grizedale Arts.

The Ruskin Museum

The Ruskin Museum tells the story of Coniston in Cumbria – a place of copper mines and slate quarries, Swallows & Amazons country where Beatrix Potter owned farms and Stone Age fell walkers once dwelled.

Hill Top

Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top in 1905 with the proceeds from her first book.

Wray Castle

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The World of Beatrix Potter™ is a vibrant family Attraction bringing to life Beatrix Potter’s enchanting stories in a magical recreation of the beautiful Lake District countryside.

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