Lovers of literature will be in their element in the West Yorkshire town of Haworth, home to the Brontë sisters. The quaint village is an easy day trip from Leeds reached by jumping on a train to Keighley and the bus (or steam train) to Haworth. The Brontë Parsonage, at the top of a steep hill, is the town’s main attraction. The Brontë’s former home acts as a museum and archive of the life and works of Charlotte, Emily, Anne and their drunken brother Branwell.
Notable features of the museum include the very sofa where Charlotte, pregnant at the time, died; their handwritten letters: and a large number of their poems and paintings. Next to their house lies the church with its overcrowded graveyard, a testament to the typhus outbreaks in the town throughout the 19th century. The Brontë’s are buried in the church’s crypt and the village’s sense of pride is evident in the elaborate stained glass window which features the famous family.
If, after visiting the Parsonage, you’re still craving all things Brontë, there are a number of fairly long walks from the village to see the inspirations for Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. Wellies are a must as they involve tramping across boggy marshland – very Heathcliff – and are around 12km long, although shorter routes are available from the Tourist Information Office in the village.
The rest of the village largely consists of pubs, tea rooms, book and sweet shops. It’s a haven for anyone interested in the kitsch and cutesy. Most of the pubs offer a decent Sunday lunch, always a win if you’re craving home comforts, but The Old White Lion and Haworth Old Hall are highly recommended.
If you’ve never heard of the Brontë’s or have any particular interest in their lives then Haworth is not the place for you, but if you want a day trip somewhere relatively close and cultured then Haworth may be a feasible option.
Read our LSi cheat’s guide to Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall here