The historic home of John Ruskin

Discover the world of John Ruskin at Brantwood, a historic house and vibrant centre for the arts on the shores of Coniston Water. Explore the character of its famous resident through displays and activities in the house, gardens, and estate.

What’s On

Not just a house

Alongside the historic house, Brantwood has a wealth of things to see and do for the whole family. Our RHS partner gardens are full of interest and provide an insight into the radical experiments in land management and horticulture which Ruskin began – we are also co-home to the Cumbria Wisteria Collection, 1 of only 3 in the country.

Immerse yourself in our captivating exhibitions, showcasing a diverse range of art forms and inspiring creative expression. From thought-provoking contemporary art & traditional craftsmanship to Ruskin’s core geological collection, our exhibitions will ignite your imagination and leave you with a deeper appreciation for the arts.

Indulge your taste buds at our charming cafe, nestled within the enchanting surroundings. Treat yourself to a delectable selection of refreshments while basking in the beauty of the gardens and savoring the tranquility of the Lake District.

Contact Us

Main house: 015394 41396

Terrace Kitchen: 015394 49025

General enquiries: hello@

Collections enquiries: collections@

Terrace Kitchen: theterrace@

The Brantwood Trust

East of Lake


LA21 8AD

Brantwood is an independent registered charity

Set up by John Howard Whitehouse in 1951 The Brantwood Trust exists to care for Brantwood as a place of study and recreation and to serve as a memorial to it’s most famous resident John Ruskin. We rely on the generosity of the public to support our mission. As an independent registered charity, every donation makes a significant impact in preserving and enhancing Brantwood for future generations.

You can make a difference by donating today or by joining the Friends of Brantwood community. Your support will help us continue our vital work in maintaining this cultural gem and ensuring its accessibility to all.

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