Haworth is a place of literary pilgrimage with huge numbers of visitors flocking to this picturesque West Yorkshire town due to worldwide interest in the Bronte sisters. Patrick Bronte and his family came to Haworth Parsonage in 1820 and this remained their main home base for the rest of their lives. For lovers of the Bronte novels and poetry a visit to the parsonage and surrounding moorland, so integral to their writing paricularly Emily's Wuthering Heights, is to touch the essence of their influences.
Haworth offers a superb choice of charming B&Bs and the renowned cobbled Main Street in Haworth is crammed with arts, crafts and second hand bookshops, as well as cafes, pubs and tea rooms. The Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway has a main station at Haworth and a choice of walking trails push out from the town onto Keighley Moor, including the famous walk across Bronte Falls and upto Top Withins, the ruined farmhouse considered the influence for the Earnshaw's house in Wuthering Heights.
Haworth Parsonage was built in 1799 and was the home of the Bronte Family from 1820. The Bronte Parsonage Museum it is the central place in Haworth to start your Bronte pilgrimage. Interior rooms and furnishings are as they would have been when occupied by Emily and Charlotte Bronte. More information about the Bronte Parsonage Museum, other Bronte attractions and sources of more Bronte information can be found via the detailed Bronte Parsonage Museum's webguide link right.
Bronte Parsonage Museum, Church Street, Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD22 8DR. Tel. (00 44)(0)1535 642323.
The Museum is open every day from 10.00am - 5.30pm April to September, 11.00am - 5.00pm October to March except 24-27 December and 2-31 January. Visitors should note that last admission is half an hour before closing.
Haworth is one of the best little Yorkshire villages for specialist shopping, charming tearooms and cafes and fine inns serving up the best of Yorkshire real ales and hearty pub food. Favourite Haworth haunts include the divine Rose Apothecary situated on Main Street near the Bronte Parsonage and the Fleece Pub also on Main St, a friendly pub with the full range of Timothy Taylors bitters.
Collectors will be kept busy in Haworth for hours browsing the many antique and collectables shops on Main Street. Other shops include select lingerie, gifts and fairtrade clothing shops, bakeries, tearooms and cafes and fine cookware and houseware outlets.
Haworth plays host to a selection of superb events including the Haworth 1940s weekend in May and the Haworth Arts Festival (see webguides right for details). Branch off from Main Street to visit the Bronte Weaving Shed (now restored and run by the Edinburgh Woollen Mill) on North Street (Tel. 01535 646217).
Haworth Tourist Information Centre, 2-4 West Lane, Haworth BD22 8EF. Tel. 01535 642329.
If you're visiting Haworth it's well worth coming in by heritage steam or diesel train from Keighley along the 5 mile stretch of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.
Haworth Station on this line is considered to be the headquarters and has a large shop stacked with films and books for real railway enthusiasts and has an excellent children's book and toy section. (For the real bargains though you might want to browse the second hand book selection at the entrance to the Vintage Carriage Museum at Ingrow Station, second stop up from Keighley).