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John Ruskin, The Pre-Raphaelites And The Arts And Crafts Movement

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time-raw8 hours
Starting point
Your hotel in Lake District

Drive through typical Lakeland countryside to Coniston Water before climbing up to beautiful Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin, the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as an art patron, draughtsman, watercolorist, a prominent social thinker, and philanthropist.

What to expect?


  • Brantwood the beautiful home of John Ruskin, a fascinating character and one of history's great polymaths who went on to change the world in so many different ways. He was also the champion of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the catalyst for the development of the Arts & Craft Movement worldwide.
  • Ruskin Museum to explore John Ruskin's influence on the Lake District Arts & Crafts Movement and see unique examples of Ruskin Lace and Linen as well as the distinctive work of the Keswick School of Industrial Arts.
  • Staveley village church to see an outstanding Pre-Raphaelite stained-glass window made by Morris and Co. according to the designs of Sir Edward Burne-Jones in 1878. Musical angels and starry skies will take your breath away.
  • Troutbeck, a traditional Lake District village whose church has unique stained glass by the Pre-Raphaelite artists Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Maddox Brown and William Morris. There are clues in the glass explaining why these world-famous artists created such outstanding windows in this Lake District idyll.
  • Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House. A unique opportunity to see an outstanding example of an Arts & Crafts house designed by M. H. Baillie Scott with exquisite and enchanting interior decoration by master craftsmen including wallpaper by Shand Kydd and W. Dennington, furniture and carvings by Simpsons of Kendal and ceramics by William de Morgan. The gardens with spectacular views over lake Windermere to the fells beyond were designed by the hugely successful and sought-after Arts & Crafts landscape architect, Thomas Hayton Mawson.

What is included?

  • Full day tour
  • Admission to Brantwood
  • Admission to the Ruskin Museum
  • Admission to Blackwell
  • Knowledgeable guide to provide expert commentary and analysis, as well as taking care of practicalities and general support throughout the tour
  • Experienced driver for your safety on the steep, narrow and twisty Lakeland roads
  • Small group of up to 6 people for a more flexible and personalized experience
  • Use of personal radio communication technology to keep you in touch with your guide when you are off the minibus

Is this experience for me?

  • This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 5

What do I need to bring?

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Spending money
  • Camera
  • Layered clothing
  • Passport/ID
  • Outerwear, such as gloves and a coat

Additional information

  • Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher to either print out or present on your mobile phone.
  • Cancellation Policy: For a full refund, please cancel at least 24 hours prior to the start date of the experience.
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