Brantwood is open Wednesday to Sunday 10:30 until 4 pm

Brantwood is open all year, closing Mondays and Tuesdays during mid November to mid March. For restaurant opening times please click here. Visitors to the house are introduced to Ruskin’s world by a brief introductory video and are then free to explore the seven historical rooms which he occupied during his lifetime, all of which are filled with his furniture, art and objects. Information panels are in each of the rooms (foreign translations are also available) and volunteer stewards are often on hand to answer questions. For younger visitors there are a range of quizzes and activity sheets. Entry to the house also includes admission to the Blue Gallery and Severn Studio where there is a changing programme of specially curated exhibitions.

Admission Prices

Standard admission to the house and gardens is £7.70 for adults, £6.00 for students and free for children (16 and under).

Admission to the gardens only is £5.35 for adults £4.30 for students and free for children (16 and under).

You may choose to gift aid your admission, this includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation, allowing us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid — an extra 25 per cent — which is a significant boost to support our work to preserve Brantwood for future generations.

Gift aid admission to the house and gardens is £8.60 for adults, £6.60 for students and free for children (16 and under).

Gift aid admission to the gardens only is £5.95 for adults £4.75 for students and free for children (16 and under).


Brantwood’s gardens stretch as far as the lake shore, to the harbour Ruskin built, from which you can catch the Coniston Launch or Steam Yacht Gondola. This has to be one of the best ways to arrive at Brantwood.

Steam Yacht Gondola

Float back in time and enjoy Coniston Water as the wealthy Victorians once did, travelling in style in Gondola’s opulent saloons or relaxing on her open air decks and taking in the spectacular scenery. What better way to get to Brantwood. Gondola has a luxurious ambience recreating the atmosphere of a bygone era. The interior of the boat is divided into two saloons reflecting Victorian trains from the Furness Railway: a first class saloon with luxuriously upholstered seating and a ‘third’ class saloon with a rich mahogany ceiling and leather upholstery. See the national trust website for more details

Coniston Launch

The very best way to approach Brantwood is from the Lake, and the two launches provide an hourly northern cruise service from Coniston and an hourly yellow route cruise service to Brantwood. Discounted tickets are also available from the launches for entry to the house and gardens  – bookable online from the coniston launch website.


By Car – Exit the M6 at Junction 36. Join the A590 in the direction of Kendal. Exit at the Brettargh Holt junction. At the roundabout take the 1st exit signposted for Barrow-in-Furness. Continue to follow the signs for Barrow-in-Furness. At the Meathop roundabout take the second junction exit towards Barrow-in-Furness. At the next roundabout (junction with A592) take the first exit continuing on the A590. Turn right onto the A5902 signposted for Workington, Whitehaven. Turn right onto the A5084 signposted for Coniston. Turn right onto the A593 inTorver. Follow the signs for Brantwood from the village of Coniston.

By Bus – Take the 505 from Windermere or Ambleside to Coniston and catch either the Coniston Launch or SY Gondola to Brantwood.

By Boat – Both the Coniston Launch and SY Gondola call regularly at Brantwood’s jetty.

By Train – The nearest train stations are Windermere (trains to Oxenholme on the West Coast Main Line) and Ulverston.

By Bicycle or by Foot – Brantwood and it’s facilities make an ideal visiting point for cyclists and walkers.


Brantwood has a number of services and facilities available for disabled visitors throughout both the house and some of the gardens.

To find out more about the about access throughout the house and gardens visit the Disabled Access page for full details.

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Group booking is available at Brantwood with a ‘meet and greet’ service on offer at arrival. Our restaurant can also reserve seating.

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At Brantwood you can arrange a school group visit at just £3.00 per pupil and free for teachers and additional helpers.

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Brantwood is an independent registered charity - The Brantwood Trust Coniston Cumbria LA21 8AD Telephone: 015394 41396 Fax: 015394 41263