Ruskin Experience


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.

Arriving in style

Sandwiching your visit to Brantwood are two short cruises on board Steam Yacht Gondola. 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.


Adult tickets are £18.50 per person (£16.75 for National Trust members).

Children (aged 5 - 16) are admitted free to Brantwood, so if you're taking children just buy the standard Head of the Lake cruise ticket for them.