Travel Diaries: Yorkshire Tour – A walking tour of Haworth and the Bronte Parsonage

We arrived in Haworth by steam train, travelling along the lovingly restored Keighley Valley Railway.

This is Haworth Station and the bridge in the distance is the footpath up into the village towards the Bronte Parsonage.

A steep cobbled path leads up through the main street, past tea rooms and vintage shops.

This was my favourite place in the village – The Cabinet of Curiosities, which is an apothecary shop.

Antique wooden cabinets lined the walls, and the little labelled drawers were full of eclectic bath items and loose talc powders.

At the top of the hill, you turn to the left, up a small residential street…

… past the church…

… and wonderful gardens …

… to the Bronte Parsonage.

This is where all three Bronte sisters (Charlotte, Emily and Anne) lived with their brother, Bramwell, and their father, the Reverend Patrick Bronte.  We chose this day to visit as it was the anniversary of Emily Bronte’s birthday (July 30th 1818).

The front room is where the sisters would sit together, and the museum has carefully set it up as if they are about to return and continue writing at any moment.

Preserved under glass is Emily’s writing desk.  You can see “Emily Jane Bronte” inscribed on the brass plaque.

It is said that Emily Bronte made the family’s bread every morning (even on the day she died) … and here is the little stove where it would have been baked.

I loved how Bramwell’s room had messes of paper strewn about everywhere.  He was a creative, though often tortured, genius and this less orderly room captures this perfectly.  His writing tools are stored in ale jugs and smudged hand written pages have been thrown to the floor in frustration.

Back outside, this meadow has always been attached to the Parsonage, and the museum has simply mowed paths through the long grass, with benches where visitors can sit quietly and look out to the moors.

A footpath leads from the Parsonage up onto the moors and we hiked across the wild heather-covered hillside to get a full sense of the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.  More on our countryside walk, the steam train journey and the vintage open top bus tour through the moors in a future post …


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  1. Laurie Graves says:

    Oh, thanks for the lovely tour. A place to visit repeatedly, and how nice that the family ticket allows you to do so.

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    1. We were really surprised and pleased – normally with four children you have to buy a combination of tickets, which costs a lot …. and is why we’ve got increasingly inventive with our days out over the years, to make sure a lot of them are free 🙂

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      1. Laurie Graves says:

        Yes, yes!

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  2. samanthamurdochblog says:

    Great review – I remember it well and love the area.

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    1. Thanks so much – we love the area and I only wish I’d remembered to take my falling-apart copy of wuthering heights to take a snap of on the moors! 🙂

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  3. Jim says:

    wow! great walking tour! thanks for taking us along. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Jim! Very glad you enjoyed it. As soon as the vids are edited, I’ll put up the vintage bus tour and the steam train journey 🙂

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  4. J & D > Oh dear, this is the kind of day out we sorely miss. Back in the days when we lived in God’s Own Country (viz: Yorkshire) this is where we took our young children, often followed by a visit to the Piece Hall in Halifax, or one of the other (former) mill towns and villages of W Yorks. Alas, we can’t have everything in life, we’ve made our choices, but the Haworth and the Bronte Parsonage – and the surrounding moors – is one of the places that has a very profound place in our characters. Thanks!

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    1. I’m really glad you enjoyed the post. We were last in Haworth 15 years ago and had always wanted to return. Now we’re planning a second trip at Christmas, and also hope to climb up to Top Witherns and the waterfall on the moors next year. Halifax is on our wishlist … as is Harrogate! You’re so lucky to have lived there, simply stunning area.

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  5. Jet Eliot says:

    Fascinating visit, thank you.

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    1. Thanks very much – I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour. I’ll hopefully have the other sections of the story online very soon 🙂

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  6. Sarah says:

    Hi 🙂 It is a real treat to be able to see these photos. I remember reading Wuthering Heights a long time ago maybe I will read it again sometime soon. I like all the little drawers in the shop and the bottles on the shelves as well. It appeals to the organizer in me. 🙂 Love the gardens, the doorway view, the sign, and the view of the Moor at the end. It is something to be able to see the writing desk of an author who lived all those years ago! I am looking forward to the continuation of the story. 🙂

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    1. Hi Sarah, thank you so much x 🙂 We’re just back from hiking in Wales, and will be getting the Bronte videos sorted, hopefully this week 🙂 It’s very very rainy here, so I’m back indoors writing again x

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  7. Étain says:

    That is amazing! I have always wanted to visit the Brontë Parsonage.

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I love it there, and am hoping to get back up there around Christmas, as I’m told there’s a lantern festival, which must be magical.

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  8. gillyflower says:

    Thanks to your descriptions and stunning photos, I feel like I was there right along with you. Not only do the village and museum look amazing, I’m sooooo jealous about that apothecary shop! Thank you for this.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, thank you! … I’ll hopefully get our Glastonbury Tor and Walking Tour of Durham up in the next few weeks 🙂

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  9. Lovely. ‘Wuthering Heights’ is my second favourite book of all time. Would love to visit Haworth again – last went when I was about 12!

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    1. I’d love to know what your favourite book is 🙂 ((my day job is a librarian!)) Wuthering Heights is my second too … Great Expectations always just edges it for me.

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  10. That apothecary was my favourite bit about Haworth too apart from a walk in the moors 🙂 x

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    1. The apothecary shop has had the biggest reaction, but I think the other customers thought I was a bit loopy to be taking photos of the cabinets 😀 I’ll get the moors photos and the train journey up in the next week – now the stormy weather has seen me back indoors and writing again 🙂

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      1. Stormy weather and hot chocolate along with pleasurable sessions of writing. I like the visual impact. Those cabinets were beautiful enough to go loopy over hey! Looking forward to your next installment from Haworth. xx

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        1. Thank you! I really need to get a move on *laughs* 🙂 I was going through the photos tonight though so I’m almost there! Hope you’re having a lovely start to November x

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          1. Aye aye I am there with the lovely start alright 🙂 I hope you are too. xx

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            1. Yes thanks xx just have my sights set on prepping for the Christmas season now (hard not to with four little excited people doing a pretty much hourly count down 😀 )

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              1. Aww I can sense the excitement. I can feel it already too! Make it big 🙂 xx

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  11. I was just there a month ago with my niece. It really was one of the highlights of her graduation trip! Lovely pictures!

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I can’t wait to get back up to Yorkshire again. I don’t feel I know it well enough, as it’s just out of reach for an easy day trip for us. We got up to Durham and the Northumberland coast too, which I love.

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  12. Candelo Blooms says:

    Thank you for this lovely post! We have always wanted to visit the Bronte Parsonage at Haworth, but here in Australia, we’re a bit far away!! So it was great to see your photos! Loved the apothecary shop with its beautiful antique wooden cabinets too!

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    1. Thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Likewise all the beautiful photos I see from your side of the world seem very out of reach! We’re just back from hiking around Somerset and Wales – I’ll have pictures of Glastonbury Tor up soon, another English fave 🙂

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      1. Candelo Blooms says:

        I look forward to reading all about it!

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  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Great post and photos of this marvelously preserved museum and village, right down to the train and shops. The moors are wonderful. Going to have to put this on my bucket list!

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    1. Thank you Eliza – we should be getting the vintage train journey video edited and online this week. The stations were brilliant, it was like stepping back in time, down to the last detail x

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  14. Ilze says:

    You made me want to visit Haworth! Beautiful place and great post!

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    1. Thanks so much 🙂 It is a lovely place to visit and we’ll hopefully be back to see it decorated for Christmas x

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  15. What a beautiful informative post.

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    1. Thanks so much Gerard 🙂 Sorry for the late reply – we’ve been touring Somerset and fell walking in Wales, I’m just catching up! 😀

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  16. What a fabulous post. I love the works of the Bronte sisters and would absolutely love to visit the Bronte Museum.

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂 The follow up post should be really soon x

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  17. A fine photographic tour with fascinating text

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    1. Thanks very much Derrick – really glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  18. Brian Skeys says:

    You appear to have enjoyed your visit more than we did many years ago, we found the parsonage and churchyard dark and depressing. Perhaps the rain didn’t help. On a more cheerful note, this week we took our grandchildren on the local GWR steam train for a teddy bears picnic and the sun shone.😎

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    1. It’s funny you should say that Brian … as we were driving away on that high-up road near Haworth, the rain and mist descended, the visibility was zero, the wind screen wipers were on full speed and we thought how miserable it could have been if we had timed things slightly differently!

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  19. hairytoegardener says:

    I enjoyed this tour so very much. I’d love to visit in person.

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    1. Thank you! We only go every few years as it is a pretty long journey for us … but I love it there 🙂

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  20. This has taken me back. My husband is from this neck of the woods and we have explored the moors all around. It is truly beautiful country.

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    1. Your husband is so lucky, what a wonderful area to grow up in. I’d really love to get back to the Yorkshire moors next year … although we’re planning a big Scotland tour first (a giant map is on the wall…)

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  21. Goodness you have captured everything so beautifully. Everything looks so atmospheric and those moors…

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂 We actually did a several mile walk across the moors, and had our picnic overlooking Haworth below. I was just going through the photos again this evening, so they should be online very soon 🙂

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  22. flaxandloom says:

    This brought back happy memories of a visit I made there many moons ago!

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    1. Brilliant, I’m so glad 🙂 It’s a very happy place for us too .. . I hope we don’t leave it quite so long before returning again next time 🙂

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  23. Oh thank you for taking me down memory lane, I went here about 12 yrs ago now, and I so loved my day in Haworth.. It was a sunny day too, so extra special .. The moors are spectacular.. 🙂
    Thank you, I so enjoyed this.. and your photos

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  24. Immerse yourself in stories from Haworth, The Brontes and the Industrial history of the Worth Valley with a fascinating day out. We ll explore the cobbled streets of Haworth, discover St Michael and All Saints Church, visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum where the Bronte Sisters lived before heading out onto a the Moors for brief stroll to find out more about some of the inspiration for those famous Bronte sisters novels. if you are feeling energetic we can attempt the 7 mile round walk and visit Top Withens and the Bronte Waterfalls.

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