John Ruskin (1819-1900) was one of Britain's most versatile and important political thinkers and artists. The museum contains many of his watercolours, drawings, letters, sketchbooks and other relics. The geology, mines and quarries of the area and Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons country are also explored in the Museum. The conservation rebuild of Donald Campbell's iconic hydroplane is well underway (see www.bluebirdproject.com). Permission has been granted for future low-speed engineering proving trials on Coniston Water. A newly built extension with interpretation and contextual displays awaits the arrival of Bluebird K7. There is no date for this yet. On Bluebird's return, a timed ticketing scheme (bookable in advance, on line) will operate, to ensure the quality of the visitor experience.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Handling specimens, guided walks, audio guide for visually impaired visitors
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year mid Mar-mid Nov, daily 10-5.30; mid Nov-mid Mar, Tue-Sun 10.30-3.30 (last admission 1 hour before closing)
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About the area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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