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Plan your visit

Opening Hours

Our galleries are open from 10am until 4pm Monday to Friday, and during evenings and weekends for special events.

Items from the Collection may be consulted in the Reading Room from 9.30am until 4.30pm Monday to Friday, by appointment only.

How to get here

We are situated on the campus of Lancaster University, just south of the city of Lancaster. Find out how to arrive by car, bus, rail or bicycle.

Address: The Ruskin - Library, Museum and Research Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YH

Phone: +44 (0)1524 593587

The Ruskin's location on campus can be found on the Campus Map

If you plan to stay overnight, accommodation listings can be found at Visit Lancaster

Other information


Accessible parking is available within easy reach of The Ruskin, on Bowland Avenue and Library Avenue. You can view these locations and more on our Campus Map.

If you're travelling to us by bus, there is lift access from the University Underpass.

The Ruskin is accessible by a ramp, which can be found near the side of the University Library building which faces the Museum.

Full access is available for wheelchair users via ramps and stair lifts, and there is an accessible toilet on the ground floor.

View our full access statement, or download a copy as a Word document or a PDF.



Pushchairs: Pushchairs are welcome and can be stored in the foyer.

Baby changing facilities: Available in the Chaplaincy Centre (see our Campus Map).

Daguerreotype of St Marks Square, Venice

Photography in the Ruskin

You are welcome to take pictures in our Galleries for personal use. Please refrain from using flash photography, and be aware that for certain temporary displays or items, permission to take photographs may be restricted.

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Food & Drink

There are lots of places to eat and drink on campus, including The Deli and Costa Coffee close by.

Find out more

Campus Facilities

The campus is home to two banks, a post office, supermarkets and general stores, a bakery, a hairdresser, a charity shop and even an ice cream parlour.

It also boasts its own art gallery, theatre and concert series. The Peter Scott Gallery has free admission and welcomes all visitors to its permanent collection of Royal Lancastrian pottery (one of the largest in Britain), as well as its regular exhibitions of contemporary art. The Nuffield Theatre is one of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe. It hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art from some of the best-known and respected companies from the UK and abroad. Between October and March you will find a varied programme of music on campus including orchestral concerts, chamber music, jazz, world music, opera and new music.

There is also a Sports Centre at the main entrance to the campus, and a Woodland Walk around the campus perimeter.‌

Lancaster Arts 2014