Useful Links

Links to other Arthur Ransome related Internet resources

You can find out more about Arthur Ransome, and experience the places, world and activities he wrote about at the websites below. All links will take you away from the TARS site and on to an external third-party website. TARS, therefore, cannot and does not accept any liability or responsibility for the content of the sites or the User’s experience when visiting them.

The Museum of Lakeland Life, Abbot Hall, Kirkland, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL

The registered office for TARS in the UK, the Museum of Lakeland Life houses a permanent Ransome Room exhibition, which includes a reconstruction of the author’s study.

The Arthur Ransome Club of Japan

Founded in 1987, the Club was the first Arthur Ransome-interest group to set up, pre-dating TARS by three years. The Club holds events and produces a newsletter, 1929. (Contact Ms Mikako Tarashima)

Arthur Ransome Trust

Founded in 2010, the Arthur Ransome Trust (ART) is a registered charity dedicated to the study, understanding and appreciation of Arthur Ransome’s life and works.

Bank Ground Farm, East of Lake Road, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AA

B&B and self catering cottages available at the original “Holly Howe”, the starting point of Swallows and Amazons, and used in the 1974 film of the book

Blenheim Lodge, Lake Windermere B&B.  10% discount if found through this website.

The Coniston Launch, Castle Buildings, Near Sawrey, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LF

Offers Swallows and Amazons themed cruises on Coniston Water.

The Cottage At Hill Top: Luxury self-catering accommodation in the Lake District National Park at the last home of Arthur Ransome. 10% discount to TARS members on bookings made directly.

The Museum of the Broads, The Staithe, Stalham, Norfolk NR12 9DA

Explains the human history of Broadland and includes a small display about Arthur Ransome.

The Nancy Blackett Trust,  The Trust preserves and sails Ransome’s favourite yacht, Nancy Blackett.

The ‘Swallow’ dinghy used in the 1974 film of Arthur Ransome’s book is available for anyone to sail. She is usually based in the Lake District, but often tours throughout the rest of England. Get afloat just like Swallows and the Amazons regardless of age or experience.

The Thames Barge Trust a registered charity that owns and preserves two Thames Barges, including the Pudge of Rochester – the model for the Welcome of Rochester of Coot Club fame.

Hunter’s Yard
Lullaby was Teasel in the BBC production Swallows & Amazons Forever; we still have Teasel’s transom and her dinghy Titmouse here at the Yard.
Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust, Horsefen Road, Ludham, Norfolk NR29 5QG

Offering a unique fleet of authentic 1930s Broads yachts for hire.

Norfolk Broads Yachting Company

Three of the yachts – Primrose, Violet and Camellia – were used for the Half-Week Broads Sailing run by TARS Eastern Region in August 2007.  For pictures, see the TARS East website.

The Ruskin Museum, Coppermines Lane, Coniston, Cumbria LA22 0LF

Explains the physical and human history and geography of Coniston and the surrounding area, which formed the basis for Swallows and Amazons country.

The Windermere Steamboats & Museum, Bowness-on-Windermere

Now open.  They have a whole section on Arthur Ransome in their ‘Spirit of Adventure’ interactive display, in addition they have Esperance  (who is conservation static) and in the museum and boathouse they have Ransome’s Coch-y-Bonddu and the Swallow and Amazon boats from the recent 2016 film.

The Boats of Swallows and Amazons

Stuart Wier’s excellent website has plenty of information on the two main boats that feature in the books, whether you’re interested in building your own replica(s) or simply finding out more.

Excelsior Trust – supporting the 91yr old Lowestoft sailing trawler – one of the nation’s sixty most important historic ships and the last one left out of a thousand.

Julia Jones

W E Johns (‘Biggles’) Society

Monica Edwards Appreciation Society

Nevil Shute .

Aubrey de Selincourt 

John Buchan Society

Joint Adventures

Ransome’s Literary Executors

Traffic information for explorers on our roads

Paintings inspired by the S&A books for sale

Alliance of literary Societies