Surrounded by wild and atmospheric moorland, the charming village of Haworth in West Yorkshire is a place to visit and fall in love with. It’s quaint cobbled main street lined by pretty independent stores make you feel as though you have stepped back in time, and the rough and rugged moorland that surround it make it a walkers paradise.
Home to the Bronte sisters, famous English authors and poets, Haworth village is where Wuthering Heights characters Cathy and Heathcliff were born and where Jane Eyre came to life. You can almost hear the eerie cries of the ghostly characters as you explore the mystical alleyways and desolate moors. Haworth is a village that truly brings the past to life.
When To Visit The Village Of Haworth
The long, cobbled main street of Haworth looking over beautiful countryside views is it’s centre and where you will find most of it’s history. In summer it’s alive with activity-with shops, crafts and tea rooms, and of course the famous church and parsonage belonging to the Bronte sisters.
In the winter you will find a dark and atmospheric place, with rain soaked cobbled stones and moody skies, fog soaked hill sides and warm crackling pub fires. There really isn’t a bad time of year to visit.
How To Get To Haworth
It is an hours drive from Leeds and just over an hours drive from Manchester.
Regular bus services run to Haworth from Bradford Interchange, Keighley bus station and Hebden Bridge railway station. Click here for more information on routes via Leeds, Skipton, Bradford and Keighley, or telephone 0113 2457676.
The nearest main railway station is Leeds and the nearest local railway station is Keighley. The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway runs steam trains (see above) between Keighley railway station and Haworth railway station at weekends, bank holidays and daily in summer-01535 647777. From Keighley you can take a bus to Haworth. For more information on trains and train timetables click here.
Where To Stay In Haworth
From quaint little hideaways to historic pubs, you won’t be searching long to find a stay full of character and charm in Haworth. We have a few suggestions for you below.
This bed and breakfast accommodation in Haworth has a relaxed restaurant and an award-winning bar, perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine and your favourite person. There is free Wi-Fi throughout. Head here for more information and prices.
The Old Registry in Haworth is packed with character. Situated in the centre, you won’t have far to go to explore Haworth’s attractions. This is a romantic hotel, perfect for couples. Head here for more information and prices.
We loved our stay here and can’t recommend it highly enough. There was parking outside and the cottage itself is tucked off the main road down a little alley and within a few minutes walk of Howarth main street. It was really tiny, so only suitable for a couple, but it had a wood burning stove and a comfy double bed. So what more could you ask for! Head here for more information and prices.
Things To Do In Haworth
Haworth has so many amazing things to do, but it’s also a great place to just unwind – which you just don’t find in many of the top UK holiday destinations. You’ll find something for everyone in Haworth, and some of the must dos are listed below!
The Bronte Parsonage In Haworth
The number one thing to do when you visit Haworth is to take a sneak peek into the lives of the Bronte family at the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Home to the family from 1820 to 1861, Charlotte, Emily and Anne wrote some of England’s best loved books and this beautifully preserved Georgian house, the place where they spent most of their lives, gives us a taste of how they lived.
I’m a lover of the Bronte novels, so I dragged Adam along kicking and screaming. It turns out he actually thoroughly enjoyed himself and it was a real highlight of our trip. It’s pretty hard not to be swept up by the romance and drama of it all, even if you aren’t a fan of their books. Items on display include letters, notebooks and household artefacts. The ‘Little Books’, showing just how tiny the sisters handwriting was, is fascinating to see.
The dining room table where Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall were written, sits in pride of place in the room where the books were penned and where the Bronte sisters shared and discussed their great works. You can also see some of their personal items, such as Emily’s paint box, Charlotte’s sewing box, pebbles collected by Anne, a comb used by Emily and the bonnet worn by Charlotte on her wedding day.
There is a changing exhibition at the end of the museum, so you can use your ticket to return for a year if you live nearby. We loved reading about the illnesses and medical care that Mr Bronte provided for the villagers, and how he made a real difference to many lives at the time.
|Family (up to 2 adults and 4 children)||£22.00|
|Family (1 adult and 1 child)||£10.00|
Opening Hours: Sunday-Monday, 10am-5pm
The Railway Children Station
Haworth boasts a fabulous old railway station, where you catch an old steam train to the Edwardian Oakworth station that was used as the location for the famous 1970s film ‘The Railway Children’. You can order real ale from the buffet cart, or even splash out a little on afternoon tea as you watch the countryside whizz past your window.
You can also stand on the bridge and watch the vintage steam trains puff their way in and out of the valley, waving to all the passengers as it goes by.
The railway also puts on a large number of themed events and festivals throughout the year, so make sure you check their website for up-to-date information to find out what’s going on when you visit.
Walk The Wild Moorlands Of Haworth
One of the best things about Haworth is it’s beautiful surrounding countryside. Just follow the path beside the parsonage and you’ll be out the wilds in minutes. Follow the wooden signposts towards Top Withins (supposedly the inspiration behind the farmhouse in Wuthering Heights) and the Bronte Waterfall and you’ll be in a whole new world in no time, breathing in the crisp Yorkshire countryside air. We did the walk in the middle of winter, when the wind was ice cold and the trails were mud, and it was still incredibly beautiful and magical. You can’t pick a bad time to go.
The 43 mile trail winds it’s way through the moors, down the valleys and up to the hill peaks. There are various stops along the way from the famous Bronte novels, and plenty of pubs to stop off at and warm up or refresh! So just pick a direction and go!
Go Shopping In Haworth
Shopping in Haworth is a real treat, and could easily take up half a day of your time here if you let it! The specialist, independent shops are full of interesting and unique wares. The window displays alone are worth a look.
All along Haworth Main Street you will find quirky, characterful houses full of antiques and collectables, with old fashioned windows showing off tempting displays of second hand books, Fairtrade gifts and gorgeous handmade crafts. Scattered amongst them all you will find a generous amount of tea shops which will all beckon you in when you feet start aching!
Haworth is the ultimate shopping destination for those seeking a special gift for others or themselves. We loved browsing the shelves of Rose & Co Apothecary, the perfect place to pick up a treat for a loved one (or perhaps just a special something for yourself!) It is a restored druggist, the very chemist that Branwell picked up his supply of laudanum that eventually contributed to his death, and it is now full of wonderful smelling bath salts, perfume and exotic oils, all specially made to help relieve specific ailments.
Enjoy A Guided Walk
I’ve been in contact with David of Bronte Adventures and wish I’d known about his guided walks when I last visited. His 5 mile tour of the moors takes you to spots most visitors don’t know about, and his knowledge of the moors and folklore surrounding them means you’ll get a special insight into this magical part of the UK. We’ll be arranging our walk with him as soon as we make it back to Haworth and will be sure to document our adventures!
Cliffe Castle Museum
For a day trip away from all the Bronte madness, visit Cliffe Castle in the nearby town of Keighley. The once spectacular mansion of local Victorian millionaire H I Butterfield, the house is now an eclectic mix of Victorian era furniture, stuffed animals and old toys. It is also full of a large array of glittering minerals, rocks and even a 2m long fossil newt. Kids will love it here! You could stay for hours and not see everything, but it’s free to enter so you can always come back and continue the journey into the strange and wonderful!
Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday 10am – 4pm. Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays 11am – 4pm.
Last admission 3.30pm
Admission Cost: Free
East Riddlesden Hall
This National Trust site was once a thriving farm estate, and is now open to the public to explore the beautiful grounds in the shadow of the 17th century manor house. Enter for some interesting stories of ambition, success and failure, or simple explore the cottage gardens flowers, herb garden and beautiful fruit trees. Although the grounds are probably best enjoyed in Spring and Summer when the flowers are in full bloom, there is something for every season of the year and it is a pretty place for a day out all year round.
There is a play area, mud pie kitchen and den building corner to keep the little kids (and big kids) occupied. There is also a tea rooms, but check opening times if you’re keen!
Opening Times:Check here, open at various times throughout the year.
Families Visiting Haworth
Kids will love exploring all of Haworth’s nooks and crannies on one of the village’s many guided walks. As mentioned previously, David of Bronte Adventures comes highly recommended and takes visitors to all the key Bronte locations and beauty spots on Haworth Moor, mostly off the beaten track. He even provides a free map and fun quiz for families who prefer to walk to the Bronte Waterfalls without his guiding assistance.
Ingrow museum of Rail and Travel near Haworth is a fun trip for everyone. Full of old steam locos and 1920s vintage buses, there will be something for everyone here. It’s also a pretty cheap place to visit, with adult tickets at £3 and children only £2. Well worth a few hours of your time!
What could be more fun than trekking-with an alpaca! Well at Thornwood you can do just that! The guided walk will take you through some of the famous Bronte countryside, but with an alpaca by your side it’s bound to be even more fun!
Events In Haworth
Being such a historic village, Haworth has a huge village community and you will find regular events held in and around Haworth. Just search for Haworth events for an up to date calendar of the activities going on at your time of visit. Expect activities such as Christmas nativities, ghost walks, medieval weekends and some more unusual events like the Scroggling the Holly Weekend, Pipes, Bows and Bells Weekend, or the Brontë Vintage Gathering.
Where To Eat In Haworth
Haworth is packed with delicious places to eat and drink. In fact, it’s a bit of a problem if you’re on a budget, as you will want to stop everywhere and fill your mouth with tempting food.
During the day there are several fantastic tea rooms to choose from, all selling tasty sandwiches and cakes, pies and of course, warming cups of tea. Alternatively you could head a short walk out of the village to Ashmount Country House, for their award winning homemade cream teas.
We were recommended The Kings Arms and it did not disappoint. The inside is cosy and welcoming, and they even make space for dogs. Our meals were delicious, and we had fun browsing the special dog menu too (just ask at the bar for details!) Here you can enjoy a pint of Emily or Charlotte ale, and we have to say that Emily was quite wonderful (we couldn’t resist!) They have live music nights (check the blackboard out front for details).
Get Take Away
Just opposite is a friendly fish and chip shop, which has a wide menu and is quite reasonably priced. If you fancy a night in in front of a roaring fire then this is a great option. There are also several Indian and Chinese takeaways in the village that will deliver.
The old fashioned sweet shop, Mrs Beighton’s Sweet Shop, at the top of Main Street sells in jars of liquorice humbugs, cola cubes and rhubarb and custards (our favourite!) It was just far too tempting to leave empty handed! They also sell a huge range of gift type chocolates if you’re doing a spot of souvenir shopping.
Essentials-What To Bring When You Visit Haworth
Whether you’re just here for a day, or have a week to explore, you will want a few essentials for your visit to Haworth. We’ve listed our recommendations below to make your visit to Haworth as enjoyable as possible.
An essential item if you plan on walking Haworth’s famous moorland (and we really recommend you do!) England isn’t famed for it’s weather at the best of times, and the Yorkshire moors can be particularly unpredictable, so make sure you bring some waterproof walking shoes for those mud soaked trails.
As mentioned above, don’t expect good weather, and don’t let a little rain put you off either! Sometimes the rain clouds rolling over the moorlands are just beautiful, and a little rain never hurt anyone! Just dress up warm and embrace it!
Do your bit for the environment and come prepared (unless you plan on spending your trip in the pub, which is absolutely an option!) These Chillys water bottles come in such fun colours, and more importantly they keep drinks hot or cold all day. Taking a bottle of hot coffee for our cold winter walk was just perfect (or why not try mulled wine!)
If you aren’t such a keen photographer, but like something that you can have a play with when you feel in the mood, then I can thoroughly recommend the Olympus OM-D. It’s small and light, so I can take it anywhere. I have the option to change lenses (I love my zoom lens for wildlife shots), but it also works great as a point and shoot. It looks really stylish too-a great reason to buy a camera!
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