In search of Emily Bronte (Part 1 of 3) – 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 our next post …


Ecotouring by Tesla and General Tourist Information

Charging

There are now several options for touring the Yorkshire Dales by Tesla.  We chose to charge at the new Leeds Supercharger on the way up from the Midlands (stunning facilities inside a hotel/gym/restaurant complex) and the Sheffield Supercharger on the way home.  This is a standard Welcome Break Service Station.  We like it because it has a huge dining area where we can set out our own homemade vegan picnic and relax after a long day whilst the car charges.  The chargers are right at the back of the service station, and you need to turn left at the Tesla sign, just before the exit back onto the motorway.

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Parking

*All pricing correct at time of writing, though please check before you travel.  None of the pay stations we encountered accepted cards.

There are parking options at each of the railway stations en route to Haworth, and at Haworth Station itself.  These are mostly pay and display for up to £3 for the whole day.  Each station has immaculate toilet facilities.  You can also save yourself the steep climb up to the Parsonage and park up next to the Bronte Parsonage for approx £1.20 for 2 hours.  The carpark has toilets, although the museum does not.

Tickets

The Bronte Parsonage Family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) was excellent value for our large family at £20 and is valid for repeat visits for an entire year.

 

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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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