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Things to do in Coniston

Bluebird Tours

Coniston Boating Centre

Muncaster Castle

Dove Cottage, Grasmere

Visitors can take guided tours of the home and garden of William Wordsworth, who lived here from 1799 to 1808.

The Ruskin MuseumRuskin Museum, Coniston, Cumbria

There has been a Ruskin Museum in Coniston since 1901, when W.G. Collingwood, a local artist and antiquarian who had been Ruskin’s secretary, set it up both as a memorial to Ruskin

Brantwood House

Brantwood is the most beautifully situated house in the Lake District. It enjoys the finest lake and mountain views in England, and there is no other house in the district with such a diversity of literary and artistic associations. From 1872 until 1900 Brantwood was the home of that most eminent of Victorians, John Ruskin. Brantwood is open to the public all year.

Grasmere and Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

Attached to Dove Cottage, this well-respected museum contains a rich collection of Wordsworth’s literary works, as well as a collection of early watercolor paintings of the Lake District.

Donald Campbell ( link) BBC link

Donald Campbell, who along with his father set a number of water speed world records on Coniston Water, is buried in the new parish cemetary. This can be found about 200m from the original parish graveyard.

Windermere Steamboat Museum, Windermere

A unique and historic collection of steam and motor boats.

The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-on-Windermere

In an indoor re-creation of the Lakeland countryside, complete with sights, sounds and even smells, discover Peter Rabbit™ eating radishes in Mr. McGregor’s garden; see Jemima Puddle-duck™ amongst the foxgloves; and Mrs. Tiggy-winkle™, the washerwoman, bustling about in her kitchen – the Lakeland tales of Beatrix Potter brought lovingly to life.

You can also learn more about the untold story of Beatrix Potter’s life, in the Hidden Beatrix Potter presentation and video wall. An unforgettable experience for young and old alike.

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Facilities available include:

2 New Cinemas, Theatre/Cinema, Malt Room (music/functions), Various Exhibition Spaces, Green Room Restaurant, Vats Bar & Intro Cafe Bars

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

Abbot Hall is an exquisite gallery in the north west of England on the edge of the Lake District. Works of art can be enjoyed in this beautiful Georgian villa, drawn both from its important collections and the changing series of exhibitions.

Kendal Museum, Kendal

Founded in 1796, Kendal Museum’s fascinating collections include local Archaeology, History, Geology and a Natural History collection from around the globe.

Lake Windermere

More than ten miles in length, Windermere is England’s largest lake that offers a wide variety of summer recreation including cruises, fishing, boating, sailing and scuba diving.

St. Oswald’s Church, Grasmere

The simple tombstone of William Wadsworth and his wife Mary is located in the churchyard, making this church one of the most visited literary shrines in the world.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Reputedly the most beautiful train journey in England, this 15-inch, narrow gauge railway carries passengers along seven miles of scenic track, from the old Roman Port of Ravenglass along the Eskdale Valley to Eskdale during a 40-minute ride.

Aquarium of the Lakes

Britain’s leading freshwater aquarium on the southern shore of Lake Windermere

Laurel and Hardy Museum

Located in Ulverston in Cumbria, the birthplace of Stan Laurel, this museum chronicles the life and career of this great film comedy team.

Rydal Mount, Grasmere

The former home of one of England’s best-loved poets, William Wordsworth, who lived here from 1813 until his death in 1850.