A Victorian day out in Coniston


Combine a Head of the Lake cruise with a visit to Brantwood and add a little culture to your day out.


Brantwood (not National Trust) offers a fascinating insight into the world of John Ruskin.

Writer, artist and social reformer, Ruskin lived here on the edge of Coniston Water for the last 28 years of his life. His ideas influenced the thinking of many of his contemporaries, and still today, Brantwood remains a place of inspiration for its many vistors.

Displays and activities in the house, gardens and estate reflect the wealth of cultural associations with Ruskin’s legacy – from the Pre Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts Movement to the founding of the National Trust and the Welfare State. In 2019, Brantwood joins with many other Ruskin-related organisations to celebrate the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth with exhibitions and events that promote a wider understanding of his work. 

Arriving in style

Arriving at Brantwood aboard Gondola is by far the most enjoyable way to start your day. The outward leg of the Head of the Lake cruise will take you part way down the lake and back up the eastern shore to Brantwood jetty.

After your visit to the house and gardens, simply rejoin Gondola at Brantwood jetty for your return trip to Coniston pier via Monk Coniston.


The usual Gondola Head of Lake fares apply but please show your boat ticket at the Brantwood ticket office to obtain £1 off the usual adult entrance fee. Children at Brantwood are admitted free of charge (aged 5-16). To allow time for your visit at Brantwood, we recommend buying tickets for the 11am or 12 noon cruises (11am at the weekends will be for the Full Lake Cruise, then a head of Lake cruise on the return leg)

Entrance to Brantwood House is £8.70 per person (7.70 with your Gondola ticket)