Welcome to Haworth
Situated above the Worth Valley amid the bleak Pennine moors, Haworth is internationally famous for its connection with the Bronte sisters, who were born in Thornton (near Bradford), but who wrote most of their famous works while living at the Haworth Parsonage (which is now a museum owned and maintained by the Bronte Society), while their father was parson at the adjacent Haworth church.
Other attractions include the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, an authentic preserved steam railway which has been used as a setting for numerous period films and TV series, including The Railway Children (starring Jenny Agutter), Yanks (starring Richard Gere and Vanessa Redgrave), and Alan Parker's film version of Pink Floyd's The Wall (starring Bob Geldof). Every year the village also hosts a very special 1940s weekend where locals and visitors alike don wartime attire for a host of nostalgic events. [N.B. For details of this and other events in Haworth please visit the separate events section of this website.]
Several public footpaths lead out of the village, and there is much scope for rambling, though perhaps the most famous walk leads past Lower Laithe Reservoir to the picturesque (but unspectacular) Bronte Falls, the Bronte Bridge, and the Bronte Stone Chair in which (it is said) the sisters took turns to sit and write their first stories. This path (which forms part of the 64 km (40 mile) long Bronte Way) then leads out of the valley and up on the moors to Top Withens, a desolate ruin which was (reputedly) the setting for Heathcliff's farmstead in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights". [N.B. Top Withens can also be reached by a shorter walking route departing from the nearby village of Stanbury.] Also nearby is Ponden Hall (which is believed to be the house called Thrushcross Grange in "Wuthering Heights").
Back in the village of Haworth itself there are many good tea rooms, souvenir and antiquarian bookshops, restaurants, pubs and hotels (including the "Black Bull" - where Branwell Bronte's demise into alcoholism and opium addiction allegedly began). As such, Haworth makes an ideal base for exploring the principal attractions of Bronte Country, while still being close to the major cities of Bradford and Leeds.
For places to stay in and around Haworth please see the separate Haworth village accommodation page.
For more information about the village, including pictures, history, and details of local events in and around the area, please see our separate links page.
[N.B. Please mention the Eagle Intermedia Bronte Country website when making your enquiries.]