Discover a paradise of art & nature

Line drawing of Brantwood's West face


John Ruskin’s Home

John Ruskin left a legacy of influence that stretches from Frank Lloyd Wright to Mahatma Gandhi. He championed many of the tenets of the welfare state, and inspired the founders of the National Health Service, the formation of Public Libraries, the National Trust and many other cornerstones of civil society in the last one hundred years. At Brantwood we strive to not only show where he lived but put his values into action, from championing artists to fighting for a better tomorrow.

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View from Brantwood's carpark steps down to orchard with lake in distance

A Paradise of Art and Nature

Brantwood’s historical Lakeland estate comprises 250 acres, with remarkable gardens created by John Ruskin, his cousin Joan Severn and head gardener Sally Beamish. Beautiful in all seasons with spectacular views across Coniston water to the fells. At the estate’s heart are eight unique gardens which continue the many radical experiments in land management and horticulture which Ruskin began. Broadly divided into three areas – the northern and southern gardens which involve some walking uphill, and the lower gardens which are suitable for all.

Opening Times & Admission

Due to current restrictions we are currently closed.
Brantwood is open all year – everyday during summer & Wednesday through Sunday over Winter.

What’s On

Brantwood hosts a full range of exhibitions, events and courses throughout the year, visit our What’s On page for full details




The House

Brantwood is filled with Ruskin’s treasures: paintings, furniture, objects d’art and Ruskin’s personal memorabilia. Brantwood is a registered museum, but is still kept very much as a home. The house affords a unique opportunity to look into the daily life of one of England’s most important social and cultural figures. The atmosphere at Brantwood is special, and because so many of Ruskin’s possessions remain, it feels as if the man himself has just stepped out into the garden!


Visits to the house also includes the Blue Gallery where there is a changing programme of specially curated exhibitions.


Come and stroll around Brantwood’s estate which offers magnificent views of Coniston Water and the Lakeland mountains beyond. There is a wealth of interest from fine and exotic rhododendron, spectacular spring and autumn colour, to ancient woodland and Ruskin’s own unique gardens.

The Terrace

Situated in Brantwood’s former coach house, The Terrace offers a unique combination of sublime scenery, cultural heritage, and casual coffee house culture. Our menu presents a variety of creative and seasonal dishes including hot lunches, salads and specials, served by our bright and attentive team.

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Brantwood, East of Lake, Coniston, LA21 8AD


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Main line – 015394 41396

Restaurant – 015394 49025

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