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Travel || Haworth

Haworth has been on my English bucket list for so long. I’ve mentioned in countless posts about what a literature nerd I am, so it’s been one of the things I’ve most looked forward to since we moved to Yorkshire. The area is so steeped in literary lore and since it was the home to the Bronte family, countless other female writers made the pilgrimage to Haworth to pay their respects to the wild creativity that those three ladies possessed. 

Apparently Haworth when the Brontes lived there was a crowded industrial town with death rates as appallingly high as places like London during the same time period. But today the village is un-nervingly picturesque, bordering on dangerously twee. I clearly loved it. And for anyone nostalgic for the Jenny Agutter “Railway Children” film adaptation, it was filmed in Haworth. I detailed a few weeks ago, some of the big walks that you can do based out of Haworth. 

If you’re not keen on the Brontes, there’s still a lot of history in the area to explore (not to mention gorgeous walks across the Pennine moors) and next time I’d like to take the Keighley and Worth Valley heritage steam train. (No modern trains come into Haworth.) The weekend that Sam and I visited Haworth, there was a steampunk picnic festival and there were some incredible costumes on show. I didn’t manage to take a picture of my favourite costume, but maybe with a little arm twisting I’ll have an equally phenomenal costume for it next year? 

If you aren’t driving to Haworth or taking the vintage train, the easiest way to get there is to take a train to Hebden Bridge and then hop on the bus that heads through Oxenhope, Haworth and Stanbury. The bus journey takes around 40 minutes. 

The Bronte Parsonage Museum (the sisters’ home) is located at Church Street, Haworth, BD22 8DR and tickets cost £8.50.

Have you explored Bronte country at all?

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  • I’m a huge fan of the Brontes!

    • You have to visit Haworth one day then Angie! Pretty much all the shops are named after Bronte related things! (Including some terrible puns!) x

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  • wonderful town! I love Bronte sisters:)

  • Laura Torninoja

    Ahh looks like such a beautiful place – I love historical towns like this. The view from top of the high street looks gooorgeous! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • It looks like such a cool place to visit

    Beauty Candy Loves

  • What a beautiful and incredibly interesting looking little town to visit! I’d want to visit there for sure! (happy belated birthday, by the way!)

  • Catherine

    Great photos, I went to Haworth when I was little but can only remember the sweet-shop (from your pictures!) and the steam train. Would love to go again now that I actually know who the Bronte’s are!

  • Never heard of the place till now of course I have heard of the Bronte sisters

    • I hadn’t heard of it either until I read a biography of Charlotte recently but it’s so pretty there! X

  • I’ve not heard of this town, but it’s absolutely adorable! I love that all of the buildings and cottages are made out of the same colored stone! Great photos, as always! 🙂

  • UGH, I can never quite nail down my feelings about the Brontes but I would like to go visit Haworth all the same. Maybe for some therapeutic bitching in their general direction. Dead people are great to bitch at, they don’t answer back.

    Have you read the snark that the Brontes threw at Jane Austen? Fascinating shizz right there for us literature nerds.

    • Visit Haworth because it’s beautiful and twee and if you decide you’re feeling negatively about the Brontes when you’re there you can do a happy dance on the shared grave ;). X

  • Such lovely photos! I’d love to visit this part of the UK, especially after the Bronte BBC programme that came out at the end of last year 🙂
    Laura |

    • Oh! I wonder if I could still find the BBC programme on iplayer. I must have missed it! Was it any good? x

  • I don’t really get steampunk – is it goth with top hats and goggles?

    • So Steampunk is like Victorian/Industrial revolution era costuming but still with modern technology. So some of the costuming in the wizarding world side of Harry Potter could fall into the steampunk category. Or that film from a few years ago , “Hugo”