The stunning scenery the Lake District has to offer means that over the years it has been the inspiration for various authors, poets, painters and other cultural figures. Their legacy is the fine selection of museums and other places of interest open to the public in the area, below is a selection of these you may wish to visit:

Please click on the name of the attraction to be taken to their official website for more information.

*****NEWS FLASH 20th May 2009******

On 20th May 2009 it was announced that Donald Campbells Bluebird would be returning to Coniston Water for one last time trial for more information please click here.

Ruskin Museum, Yewdale Road, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8DU Tel: 015394 41164

(1.6 miles / 4 minute drive or about a 30 minute walk)

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 and a celebration of the area's heritage. As well as a Ruskin collection, there are also exhibits relating to the coppermines, slate, geology, lace, farming and Donald Campbell.

For directions on how to reach Ruskin Museum from Townson Ground please click here.

Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8AD, Tel: 015394 41396

(1.9 miles / 3 minute drive or about a 30 minute walk)

Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin from 1872 until his death in 1900, is the most beautifully situated house in the Lake District boasting extraordinary views from the shores of Coniston Water. Today it houses a museum containing many of Ruskins paintings, furniture and objects d'art. The estate also has unique mountainside gardens where Ruskin carried out his experiments in land management and horticulture. The Jumping Jenny Coffee House and Restaurant can also be found at Brantwood, offering a good selection of hot and cold meals and snacks as well as teas coffees, wine and beers.

Sample menu: Blackboard Menu

For directions on how to reach Brantwood from Townson Ground please click here.

Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LF Tel:015394 36269

(5 miles / 10 minute drive)

Hill Top is the farmhouse where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her children's stories. Packed full of her favourite things, the house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a 'tale', as do the garden, village and surrounding countryside. As it is a small property a timed entry system is in place to avoid overcrowding so please bear this in mind if you plan on visiting. There is a pub next door as well as a shop and an art gallery to pass the time if it is busy.

For directions on how to reach Hill Top from Townson Ground please click here.

Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery, Grasmere LA22 9SH Tel: 015394 41282

(10 miles / 20 minute drive)

Dove Cottage was the home of William Wordsworth from December 1799 to May 1808, the years of his supreme work as a poet. Today the Grade 1 Listed Building contains many of Wordsworths household items including furniture, family possessions and portraits. Visitors are given a guided tour of the property, telling them of the history of the house and family.

The Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery is a converted two-storey coach house adjacent to Dove Cottage garden.
As the well-respected Centre for British Romanticism,it is able to give the public achance to see the quality and scope of its collection by presenting books, manuscripts, paintings, watercolours and portraits - some of the greatest treasures from the age of Romanticism.
The museum has a busy exhibition programme, every year mounting major shows on cultural themes.

Also on site is a tea room/restaurant, bookings can be made by calling 015394 35268

For directions on how to reach Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery from Townson Ground please click here.

Laurel & Hardy Museum, 4c Upper Brook Street, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 7BQ Tel: 01229 582292

(13 miles / 25 minute drive)

Arthur Stanley Jefferson, better known as Stan Laurel, one half of legendary comedy double act Laurel & Hardy was born in Ulverston in 1890. This museum is devoted to these famous comedians and contains an amazing variety of memorabilia, believed to be the largest in the world, including letters, photographs, personal items and furniture.

For directions on how to reach the Laurel & Hardy Museum from Townson Ground please click here.

Blackwell, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JT Tel: 015394 46139

(14 miles / 30 minute drive)

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House is one of Britain's finest and most important houses from the turn of the last century. Designed by MH Baille Scott between 1898 and 1900, it is a superb example of the arts and crafts movement. Overlooking Lake Windermere, Blackwell has fine examples of decorative arts, furniture and objects. The interiors glow with superb examples of stained glass, carved oak and iron work, and are complemented by changing exhibitions of contemporary and applied arts. With delightful garden terraces, craft shop and Tea Room NB. It can be advisable to book a space at the tea room as it can get busy, especially in peak season.

For a sample menu for the Tea Room please click here

For directions on how to reach Blackwell from Townson Ground please click here

Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ Tel: 017687 74411

(24 miles / 42 minute drive)

"There is surely no lovelier nor more dramatic setting for a theatre in Britain" is how the Theatre by the Lake has been described by the Daily Express. Situated a stone's throw from the shores of Derwentwater it's a great place to go for anything from an evening of top notch entertainment, thought-provoking drama through to simply feeding the ducks. The theatre has an onsite tearoom/restaurant for light snacks and refreshments or a pre-performance meal.

Sample menu: Click here

For directions on how to reach the Theatre by the Lake from Townson Ground please click here

Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0DQ Tel: 01768 868 000

(28 miles / 47 minute drive)

Situated in Britain's largest grass covered building, the International award-winning Rheged Centre offers something for everyone. It's 6 storey cinema screen shows educational movies throughout the day. Rheged also regularly hosts exhibitions showcasing Paintings & Photography as well as a variety of themes including Cumbrian History. The centre also offers childrens play areas both indoors and out so it really is a great place to spend the day whatever the weather. Shops and restaurants are also available on the site selling lots of local produce and items.

For directions on how to reach Rheged Centre from Townson Ground please click here

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