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John Ruskin Museum

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Address: Yewdale Rd | Coniston, Coniston LA21 8DU, England
Phone Number: +44 15394 41164
10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30

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Gem of information. John Ruskin - social reformer a man of his time. Wonderful display of Donald Campbell and the Bluebird.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Deborah W
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gem of information. John Ruskin - social reformer a man of his time. Wonderful display of Donald Campbell and the Bluebird.

Thank Deborah W
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed a look around this museum on a wet Sunday morning. Little shop in the reception area then though to the museum itself. Was most interested in the Campbell, Bluebird wing. Lots of information in folders, on screens and in cabinets. The body of the wreck is currently in Tyneside being rebuilt so the museum have used aids to help... More 

Thank Gilling2016
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent museum detailing the life of John Ruskin, the history of Coniston and, the reason we went there, the life and history of Donald Campbell and Bluebird. They have presented Campbell in a very honest way and tell the story of the speed record attempts and his final, fatal trip with great sensitivity. We were very moved.

Thank 1MJB
Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Lots of history as you would expect. Came across some amusing facts and some great displays. Everything concerning Donald Campbell was fascinating and very moving.

Thank Angela B
Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Went in to basically see the Bluebird/Donald Campbell display. Were happy to see Ransome information and Swallows and Amazon information (took us back to our own childhood - those stories were popular in New Zealand as well - our home). The Bluebird/Campbell wing was comprehensive and very well presented. Spent considerable time there and enjoyed all the information. Other displays... More 

Thank Grant N
Derby, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Before we even arrived at the main exhibits (Bluebird, plus John Ruskin) we were captivated by tales of war time exploits set out in note books written with generosity and skill. The range of exhibits really captivated us in unexpected ways. As the ticket gave us entry for the whole day, we gave ourselves a break half way through our... More 

Thank franc_o_fyle
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

I often pop in here when I am in Coniston. I am a Arthur Ransome fan and his boat is here so well worth a visit.

Thank Marc G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We initially visited the John Ruskin Museum purely to see the Donald Campbell and Bluebird exhibition but whilst we found exactly what we had expected in terms of our interest in Campbell, we soon became equally fascinated and interested in other facets of the museum including Ruskin himself, history of lace and embroidery, history and artefacts of climbing to an... More 

Thank RobboLancashire
Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

this is a wonderful place it is of course a lot about John Ruskin but there is all sorts of other interesting things to see and learn from like the Bluebird story, local crafts, geology and history of the area.Does have Loos and a nice shop but no cafe however there are places in the village.

Thank Peter H
Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Thoroughly-enjoyed out visit. The Ruskin exhibition in particular is wonderful, with so many personal belongings of the man himself. I can especially recommend reading the letters from the ten-year-old Ruskin to his father! The remains of Bluebird K7 are very poignant too. Very thought-provoking and highlight just how driven and single-minded Campbell was to pursue his goals at the ultimate... More 

Thank Stu M

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