The Ruskin Museum

“Find out everything you could hope to know about Coniston’s history at this well-established museum close to the lake” - VisitEngland Assessor


Coniston, Cumbria

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Although it’s named after John Ruskin, 19th-polymath and conservation pioneer, the Ruskin Museum also focuses on Arthur Ransome, author of Swallows and Amazons, and ‘Speed Ace’ Donald Campbell. As well as impressive displays on all three men and their connections to the lake, you can find out about the area’s mountains, copper-mining, folklore, lace-making and wildlife.

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The Ruskin Museum
The Ruskin Museum, Yewdale Road, CONISTON, Cumbria, LA21 8DU


  • Parking nearby
  • Facilities: Main museum area on ground level. Exhibition gallery up stairs but lift wheelchair available
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: 10am - 4.30pm Monday to Sunday inclusive . Winter hours 10am -2.30 Tuesday to Sunday .

About the area

Discover Cumbria

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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