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ConistonUnited Kingdom

Cycle along rivers, hills and a lake. Learn about political writer John Ruskin in the museums of his former village.

Coniston is a quaint village surrounded by mountains in the heart of the Lake District. Bordering its namesake lake, the commune has charming pubs, shops and restaurants. Spend days hiking over hills and rock formations to appreciate the gorgeous countryside.

Snap photos of the charming Tudor houses of the village center with mountains serving as a dramatic backdrop. Climb the Old Man of Coniston, the largest of the region’s mountains, about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) west of the village.

Visit the Ruskin Museum to learn about the region’s connection to the 19th-century artist, writer and conservationist John Ruskin. It also has exhibits on other writers and intriguing aspects of the region.

Walk southeast for 0.6 mile (1 kilometer) to reach Coniston Boating Centre on the western side of Coniston Water. Rent canoes and kayaks for a fun day on the water with your family. Take a cruise to enjoy the remote tranquility of Peel Island. The island was the inspiration for the fictional Wild Cat Island in the novel Swallows and Amazons.

Rent a bike to cycle around the perimeter of the lake, which is about 5 miles (8 kilometers) long. Visit quaint villages hidden between the hilly forests. Brantwood is a majestic mansion with a park and café on the eastern side of the water. It belonged to John Ruskin and today showcases many of his former possessions.

Hear about the many efforts to set the world speed record on the lake. One attempt led to the death of boating daredevil Donald Campbell, as he tried to set a 300-mile-per-hour (480-kilometer-per-hour) record.

Summers here are cool and pleasant, while winters are fairly mild with occasional snow. The village is a little south of the center of Lake District National Park in northwestern England. Drive northwest for 300 miles (480 kilometers) from London to reach the area. Nearby villages include Grizedale, Ambleside and Broughton Mills.

Coniston is a place for quiet contemplation, with an artistic past and gorgeous lakeside scenery.

Top hotels in Coniston

The Sun
The Sun
3 out of 5
Sun Hill, Coniston, England
The price is £90 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Situated in a rural location, this inn is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from John Ruskin Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Old Man of Coniston and Brantwood. Coniston Water ...

4/5Very Good! (62 reviews)

"Authentic pub. Currently limited Covid dining menu but there is other choices in the rest of the village if need be. Brilliant location and great views from upstairs bedrooms. Breakfast good, staff approachable and friendly. Bedrooms probably due for redecoration and bathroom upgrade. Would stop ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2020

The Sun
Lakeland House
Lakeland House
4 out of 5
Tilberthwaite Ave, Coniston, England

Situated in a national park, this guesthouse is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from John Ruskin Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Brantwood and Old Man of Coniston. Tarn ...

4.3/5Excellent! (31 reviews)

"Excellent accommodation spotlessly clean great location and fantastic breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020

Lakeland House
The Coniston Inn
The Coniston Inn
3 out of 5
Hawkshead Road, Cumbria, Coniston, England
The price is £110 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Situated in Coniston, this romantic hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from John Ruskin Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Brantwood and Tarn Hows. Old Man of Coniston ...

4.1/5Very Good! (114 reviews)

"We took a short stay during these unusual times for our wedding anniversary. The hotel took the wearing of masks, social distancing and sanitising very seriously. The room was no 28 and had lovely views over the grounds on two aspects as it was a corner room. Room very bright and comfortable and ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2020

The Coniston Inn
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Top Holiday Rentals in Coniston

Mountain Escape
Mountain Escape
3.5 out of 5
6 Yewdale Road, Coniston, England

Situated in Coniston, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from John Ruskin Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Old Man of Coniston and Brantwood. Tarn Hows is 2.7 ...

Mountain Escape
Low Dow Crag
Low Dow Crag
3.5 out of 5
Dow Crag House Park Gate, Coniston, England

Situated in Coniston, this cottage is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from John Ruskin Museum and within 6 miles (10 km) of Coniston Water and Old Man of Coniston. Brantwood ...

Low Dow Crag
Braeside
Braeside
3.5 out of 5
Braeside Kitchen Syke Torver, Coniston, England

Situated in Coniston, this cottage is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from John Ruskin Museum and within 6 miles (10 km) of Old Man of Coniston and Brantwood. Lake District ...

Braeside
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Coniston

Old Man of Coniston
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Old Man of Coniston

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Old Man of Coniston, a lovely green space in Coniston. Amble around this quaint area's lakeside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Brantwood
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Brantwood

You can spend an afternoon browsing the exhibits at Brantwood during your trip to Coniston. Amble around this relaxing area's lakeside and enjoy its lively bars.

Ullswater
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Ullswater

4.5/5(293 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Ullswater, a popular spot to commune with nature in Penrith. Stroll along the area's lakeside or simply savour its lively bars.

Top things to do in Coniston

Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour
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Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour

£50
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Western Lake District Tour from Windermere
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Full-Day Western Lake District Tour from Windermere

£51
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Lake District National Park Tour with Windermere Cruise from York
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Full-Day Lake District National Park Tour with Windermere Cruise from York

£65
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Coniston

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Verified traveller

24 Jan 2020

There is a very easy low level walk from Coniston to yewtree tarn.

5/5 - Excellent

Lynne

3 Aug 2019

Having previously lived in Cumbria, we always make a visit to Coniston when we return. It is a pleasant town. Worth a trip on the lake. Interesting to walk around. Good places to eat. People friendly and helpful.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 May 2019

An excellent centre for walking the Little and Great Langdale Pikes area and the Visitor Centre in the Grizedale Forest etc.,

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

10 Feb 2019

Very quaint village and if you like countryside fine..but bus services limited to main towns tec especiallyat weekends

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