Exploring & Relaxing Outdoors
Stroll around Brantwood’s estate which offers magnificent views of Coniston Water and the Lakeland mountains beyond. Paths and trails take you through a wealth of interest from fine and exotic rhododendron, spectacular spring and autumn colour, to ancient woodland and Ruskin’s own unique garden. Explore further and visit Crag Head, the highest point of Brantwood’s estate, or bring a book and picnic to enjoy in the scenic surroundings. Regular guided garden walks during the high season, and activity trails for children during the school holidays. Regular sailings to Brantwood’s jetty by Coniston Launch and Steam Yacht Gondola.
Housed in Brantwood’s stables and coach house The Terrace marries heritage with casual café culture and a creative menu – as well being stunningly located with views overlooking Coniston Water and fells beyond. Under our Head Chef, we have assembled a creative and energetic team which has transformed the menu. Our chefs bake a selection of cakes and sweet treats to accompany your barista coffee or tea and delicious homemade savouries are available all day – until we run out! Well behaved dogs welcome.
Rock Music From The Cumbrian Hills
Although most rocks simply give a dull thud when struck, some rocks `ring`. Scientists at the University of Leeds, in collaboration with the Brantwood Trust, local schools and quarry companies, have created a 21st century version of Ruskin’s slate lithophone using rocks found across Cumbria.
The instrument is on permanent display in the Linton Room at Brantwood and is available for visitors to play.
In The House
Historic Home in Cumbria
The house affords a unique opportunity to look into the daily life of one of England’s most important social and cultural figures, filled with Ruskin’s treasures; paintings, furniture, objects d’art and personal memorabilia.
From April to November there are regular `Ruskin Lace Making` demonstrations, and a vibrant programme of talks and special events throughout the year.
A Perfect Setting On Coniston Water
A great way to visit Brantwood is by boat from Coniston boat landings. There are regular sailings to Brantwood’s jetty with Coniston Launch and National Trust Steam Yacht Gondola, with the option to purchase a joint house & boat ticket either on board Coniston Launch or online with Gondola.