The Ruskin Museum

Polly Checkland Harding
The Ruskin Museum.

The Ruskin Museum tells the story of Coniston in Cumbria – a place of copper mines and slate quarries, Swallows and Amazons country where Beatrix Potter owned farms and Stone Age fell walkers once dwelled. It’s also home to the Ruskin Gallery, which offers a comprehensive overview of Victorian intellectual John Ruskin’s life and work.

Opening times vary depending on season.

The Ruskin MuseumConiston, CumbriaLA21 8DU View map
Telephone: 01539 441164 Visit Now

Admission Charges

Adult £6 / Child £3

Opening Hours

  • Monday10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Tuesday10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Wednesday10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Thursday10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Friday10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Saturday10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Sunday10:00am - 5:30pm

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

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