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Lakes Culture World Heritage Signature Experiences - Coniston & Grizedale
Lakes Culture World Heritage Signature Experiences - Coniston & Grizedale

World Heritage Signature Experiences
Coniston & Grizedale

The Old Man of Coniston (mountain) has seen many changes in the Coniston valley over the millennia: the building of prehistoric burial cairns and medieval monasteries; the noisy age of copper mining and slate quarrying and the inspirational era of leisure, literature, art and the outdoors that we continue to enjoy today.

With our partners Lakes Culture, we have selected some luxurious, dark and hands-on World Heritage experiences that you won’t get anywhere else. Choose to do one or all of them, then find a great place to stay with our suggestions below.

The Ruskin Experience

Ruskin Experience Gondola

Travel in style to Ruskin's home

A unique opportunity to experience luxury travel across Coniston Water on the pristine Steam Yacht Gondola; something that used to be just for wealthy Victorians. The Gondola will deliver you to the jetty at Brantwood, for an enlightening day at the beautiful home of John Ruskin.

Ruskin was a lover of art and architecture and a radical thinker in Victorian society. His influences are still seen today; he inspired the founders of the National Health Service, the National Trust and public libraries. He had international influences on important issues such as the minimum wage, women’s education and environmental protection.

At Brantwood, don’t miss the eight carefully designed gardens - particularly the journey to Dante’s paradise - and a chance to play the musical stones, before re-joining the Gondola for your return journey.

Please note: The Gondola operates between April and October.

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Art & Literature Retreat

Brantwood, overlooking Coniston Water

Brantwood

All of us have at some time or another experienced a landscape that speaks to our innermost being - a spiritual landscape. It may not be an important place, just one that connects with you or has special associations. The Lake District, like many different landscapes, has been a source of inspiration for music, art, literature and dance.

This artistic and literary retreat at the historic location of Brantwood in Coniston will allow you to look at the ways in which different landscapes have been shaped and managed to express their spiritual and special qualities, and see how the Brantwood estate will inspire you.

This event takes place 21-23 Sept 2018

Engineer for the Day

Be an 'Engineer for the day' aboard Steam Yacht Gondola

Gondola’s story is rooted in the beginnings of tourism in the Lake District when the first Picturesque travellers came here in the late 18th century. This Engineer for the Day experience is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the nostalgia of the age of steam by rolling up your sleeves and being part of the crew for a hands-on adventure.

You’ll spend time up on the helm as well as experiencing life in the engine room of this magnificent, rebuilt, Victorian steam boat travelling across Coniston Water under the gaze of the Old Man of Coniston fell (mountain). After all your hard work you can tuck into a hearty lunch from the Bluebird Café included as part of your experience, also included is a ticket for your family/friends so they can capture your toil at the helm. No prior experience needed.

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Coniston Steam Yacht Gondola

Be an early Lake District tourist

Experience the
Grand Victorian Circular Tour

Accompanied by an entertaining and knowledgeable National Trust tour guide you can relive the Lake District as the early tourists did in the Victorian and Edwardian era. The full day experience includes being transported by steam train and luxury steam yacht, a delicious picnic and taking in key viewing points. We’ve added a little help from modernity to make the connections easier and more comfortable, and feel free to use your camera or phone to capture the views instead of needing to draw them in your sketchbooks.

This event takes place on 15 June and 7 Sept. Book on to one of the dates or small groups are welcome to get in touch to arrange a date.

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Grand Victorian Circular Tour

Find places to stay

We have a collection of great places to stay around the Coniston & Grizedale area.
Please click any of the links below to view details and book your stay.

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Bens

Bens is a deceptively spacious holiday home in the pretty village of Elterwater. An ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside and many nearby attractions.

Langdale Hotel & Spa

Langdale Hotel and Spa

The Langdale Hotel & Spa in the heart of the Lake District, is the perfect place for getting away from it all.

The Coppermines & Lakes Cottages

The Coppermines & Lakes Cottages

Many of our cottages are over 100 years old; and most have been sympathetically restored and refurbished to a high standard. Many have outstanding views, log fires, exposed beams, antique furniture, quality and great character

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Rowan Cottage

This picturesque part of The Lake District, much loved by Beatrix Potter and where she made her home, offers guests a chance to relax and enjoy the peacefulness and charm of one of the prettiest parts of The National Park.

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Hacket Forge

This idyllic Lakeland cottage revels in its surroundings on the banks of the River Brathay, and is just a short walk from the picturesque Little Langdale.

Swallows House

Swallows House

Swallows House is a spacious home full of character and with spectacular views. Ideal for a family gathering with the added benefit of a games room.

Ellers Close

Ellers Close

Located in Loughrigg near Ambleside and the Langdale Valleys Ellers Close is a great place to stay in the heart of the Lake District.

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Coniston Holidays

Copper View & Beechgrove are both Vb 4-star bungalows. Set in the centre of Coniston village an ideal base for many activities.

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Puddleduck

Puddleduck is quietly situated in a picturesque woodland setting just above Skelwith Bridge in the Neaum Crag estate, at the entrance to The Langdale Valley with some of the Lake District's finest walks easily to hand.

Coniston Park Coppice Site

Coniston Park Coppice site - Caravan

Our range of glamping pods, camping pods and Airstream caravans can be found in the heart of the Lake District at our Coniston Park Coppice site.

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Yewfield Vegetarian Guest House

An impressive Gothic and towered house, dating back to 1859. Set in 80 acres of grounds by the beauty spot of Tarn Hows, Hawkshead.

Bottom Shop

Bottom Shop

Originally a Joiners workshop, this charming terraced cottage is traditionally furnished and has stunning views to relax and enjoy. A great location for exploring this beautiful part of Cumbria.

Mulberry

Mulberry, Swallows Nest & Yewtrees

Set in over 80 acres of grounds with lovely walks straight from the door onto Tarn Hows, one of the Lake District's featured beauty spots.

Meadow Bank

Meadow Bank

A stunning property for 10 people in the heart of Elterwater village in the Langdales. Comfortable, spacious accommodation in a great location and with stunning views.

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Oakbank

This is a magical cottage in the Lake District, occupying a sublime setting above picturesque Elterwater, a sleepy hamlet at the heart of the magnificent Langdale valley, commanding breath-taking views.

Coniston Country Cottages

Coniston Cottages

Cottages and apartments full of character set amidst the beautiful lake and mountain scenery of Coniston. Central location provides easy access for exploring the Lake District.

Oaklands Guest House

Oaklands Guest House

Large spacious rooms with superb quality pocket sprung beds and quality fittings, fresh local produce used for breakfast.

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Fell View

Fell View is a converted workshop which now provides superb self-catering accommodation in the heart of the Lakes. The property enjoys elevated views across Elterwater.

The Coniston Inn

The Coniston Inn

Located on the shores of Coniston Water with sensational lake and fell views, this classic Lakeland slate building has undergone an exciting restoration to create a sunning pub with rooms. Open all day, every day for food, drinks and rooms.

Elterwater Hostel

Elterwater Hostel

This independent, hostel is perfectly situated in the picturesque village of Elterwater, at the heart of the Langdale Valley in the English Lake District.

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Ullswater Steamers

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