Brantwood is a paradise of art and nature.

A historic house and vibrant center for the arts of Ruskin's former home and gardens have a wealth of things to see and do.

Brantwood offers a fascinating insight into the world of John Ruskin and the last 28 years of his life spent at Coniston. Filled with many fine paintings, beautiful furniture, and Ruskin's personal treasures, the house retains the character of its former famous resident. The 250-acre estate comprises woodland, moors, and lakeside meadows with a diversity of habitats and ecosystems rich in wildflowers and wildlife. The six distinct gardens stretch as far as the lakeshore, with many beautiful spots to enjoy the views across Coniston Water to the Coppermines Valley and the Old Man. With a range of contemporary exhibitions, concerts, courses, and special events Brantwood continues in the Ruskin tradition today.

Born in 1819, Ruskin became one of the greatest thinkers of the Victorian era, perhaps best known for his defense of JMW Turner. He was a man of genius and vision, a painter and poet in his own right as well as one of the most influential social and environmental theorists. Many great thinkers have been profoundly shaped by Ruskin's ideas including Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Proust. 

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