Haworth

Haworth Main Street at Christmas

Haworth (pronounced "How-worth") is a small English village in the county of West Yorkshire, some 3 miles south-west of Keighley and 10 miles west of Bradford. Lying at the heart of Brontë Country, Haworth is the village in which the Brontë sisters grew up to womanhood and composed much of their world-renowned literature. As a result, Haworth and its surroundings draw in millions of travellers each year.

Get in

Haworth is 5 miles south of the town of Keighley. The private Keighley and Worth Valley railway run serves to Haworth Station (at the bottom of the hill) from Keighley on weekends thorughout the year and weekdays through summer. Regular buses also run from Keighley bus station.

If travelling by car, be wary of the carpark at the top of the hill (the one with the rough ground): Notorious for wheel clampers if just one minute overdue. a lesser known council car park is up the hill from the station and turn left into Sun Street as the road bears right. Pass Haworth Old Hall pub and the road up to the car park is approx 50 yards on the right. Get your pay and display ticket before parking unless you like climbing!

Get around

Haworth is small enough to get about on foot, however there are a number of steep bits and lots of cobbles. If you're coming from the Steam Railway, there is a hill up into the Bronte Village which is fairly steep and cobbled in places.

There are plenty of signposts to aid pedestrians in navigating around the village, with some being accompanied by a Japanese translation due to the relatively high numbers of tourists from the country.

See

Brontë Parsonage

Do

Haworth has a great deal of shops selling a whole variety of books, souvenirs and collectables. While the inevitable tourist tack shops exist, there are also some shops of really good quality artefacts.

Haworth has a number of events throughout the year, in particular

A huge variety of Christmas events are put on from late November onwards inclduing

Those more adventurous may want to tackle a walk over one of the many nearby moors. The Bronte Way and Pennine Way are nearby and a pleasant 6 mile walk from The Bronte Parsonage to Top Withens (the apparent setting for Wuthering Heights) is a fairly easy walk. A map of this, and other walks, is available for a small charge from the Tourist Information Centre

Eat

A large number of eateries, cafes and bars are open during the day across Haworth, serving most tastes and requirements. More open in peak season, however a number open throughout the year. Tourists wanting a sit down evening meal should expect to pay for it, as most of the pubs only serve snacks or serve food at lunchtime and early afternoon, especially out of season. A number of very good restaurants exist in the town but they are open at differing times and, especially out of season, it can be hard to get a good meal after 6pm. It is always advisable to plan your evening meal and book earlier. Notably Haworth Old Hall and The Old Sun Inn (at the bottom and top of the Bronte Village respectively) serve meals most of the day and have a variety of choice, including vegetarian.

The main village of Haworth, as opposed to the Bronte Village (the cobbled tourist part of the village) has a large variety of takeways, including a Chinese, several Indian restaurants, a chip shop and Pizza/Kebab shop. There is also a small supermarket and off license. The main village is found on the Mill Hey road, directly opposite the railway station.

Nearby Keighley has a number of eateries, pubs and clubs and busses run every 20 minutes until just after 11pm.

Drink

Haworth has a number of fine pubs, popular with travellers and tourists. Pubs also serve basic meals as well as local ales:

Almost all the pubs in Haworth serve real ale and most serve warm mulled wine in the Christmas season.

Sleep

A large number of Bed & Breakfasts exist throughout Haworth and in the surrounding countryside with a variety of qualities and prices. There are also some hotels nearby and a Youth Hostel for budget travellers. A caravan park is situated just outside the village on the road to Keighley and above the village overlooking the Worth Valley.

Go next

Haworth is a great stop on the way too or from:

Lancashire and East Yorkshire are also accessible by train and car.

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