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Coordinates: 53°50′N 1°58′W / 53.83°N 1.96°W / 53.83; -1.96

Haworth, Yorkshire.jpg
Haworth, West Yorkshire, street scene
Haworth is located in West Yorkshire

 Haworth shown within West Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE030372
Metropolitan borough City of Bradford
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town KEIGHLEY
Postcode district BD22
Dialling code 01535
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Keighley
List of places: UK • England • Yorkshire

Haworth is a village and tourist attraction in the English ceremonial county of West Yorkshire best known for its association with the Brontë sisters.


Brontë Country

Haworth, situated above the Worth Valley amid the bleak Pennine moors, is internationally famous for its connection with the Brontë sisters, who were born in Thornton, but wrote most of their famous novels while living at the Haworth Parsonage (which is now a museum owned and maintained by the Brontë Society), when their father was the parson at the adjacent Church of St. Michael and All Angels. In the 19th century, the town and surrounding settlements were largely industrialized, which put it at odds with the popular portrayal in Wuthering Heights, which only bore resemblance to the upper moorland that Emily Brontë was accustomed to.[1]

Haworth is a very popular destination for Japanese tourists. (Wuthering Heights has a cult following in Japan.)


Steam railway

Other attractions include Haworth railway station, part of 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 don wartime attire for a host of nostalgic events.

Famous walks

Haworth village centre

Many 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, Stanbury to the picturesque (but unspectacular) Brontë waterfalls, the Brontë Bridge and the Brontë 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 43 mile long Brontë Way, then leads out of the valley and up on the moors to Ponden Hall (reputedly Thrushcross Grange in Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights) and Top Withens, a desolate ruin which was reputedly the setting for the farmstead Wuthering Heights. Top Withens can also be reached by a shorter walking route departing from the nearby village of Stanbury.


Haworth's only traditional events were an annual service at Haworth Spa and the rush bearing. Spa Sunday died out in the early 20th century and the rush bearing ceremony has not been held for about twenty years. There are a number of modern events organised by the Haworth Traders' Association which are sometimes referred to as traditions. The most prominent of these is "Scroggling the Holly" - an annual holly gathering event which has no traditional basis. The name, sometimes claimed to have its origin in the local dialect, is also a modern invention. It takes place each November in Haworth. At the start of the festive season bands and Morris men lead a procession of children in Victorian costume, who follow the Holly Queen up the cobbles to her crowning ceremony on the church steps. The newly crowned Holly Queen unlocks the church gates to invite the spirit of Christmas into Haworth. Father Christmas then arrives bringing with him glad tidings and Christmas cheer to all.[2]

In Haworth itself there are many tea rooms such as 'Cobbles and Clay the Art Cafe', souvenir and antiquarian bookshops, restaurants, pubs and hotels (including the Black Bull, where Branwell Brontë's decline into alcoholism and opium addiction allegedly began). Haworth is a good base for exploring the principal attractions of Brontë Country, while still being close to the major cities of Bradford and Leeds. Further afield lies the historic city of York, and the spa towns of Harrogate and Ilkley - popular spa towns on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park to the north.

Haworth Arts Festival

The first festival took place in 2000 and was repeated in 2001, but then ceased to operate because of the changing circumstances of the organisers. However a new group of Haworth residents took up the baton again in 2005 and began to build a festival which would combine performing arts, visual arts, street performance and a strong community involvement. The use of many of the local professional and semi-professional musicians, artists and performers has been coupled with a larger name for each festival, providing a local stage for the likes of John Cooper-Clark and John Shuttleworth. The festival continues to expand its horizons, slowly encompassing areas of the Worth Valley outside of Haworth itself and is always held on the first weekend in September, starting on the preceding Thursday and running until the Sunday night.


On 22 November 2002 Haworth was granted Fairtrade Village status.[3] On 21 October 2005 Haworth Fairtrade officially signed an agreement to twin with Machu Picchu in Peru.[4]

Haworth Band

The Haworth Band ( is one of the oldest secular musical organisations in the Keighley area and its band room is located in the heart of the Haworth Village. History records indicate that there was a brass band at Ponden, close by as far back as 1854 with a body of excellent performers. It was founded by John Heaton who lived at Ponden. The band had the job of playing at a celebration in Haworth at the conclusion of the Crimean War. Over the years the world of brass band music went from strength to strength, during which time the Haworth Band went with it. The band is now under the directorship of Charles Hindmarsh, who is also known for playing the musical saw under the name of “The Yorkshire Musical Saw Player”. As it stands today the Haworth Band is a busy and thriving organisation that is closely linked to the local community.


On 13 January, 2009, it was announced that a permanent library will be established in the town, replacing the mobile service which visits the village once a week. Haworth last had its own library in 1978.[5]


Haworth is located in the high Pennine moors, some 3 miles (4.8 km) southwest of Keighley and 10 miles (16 km) west of Bradford. The surrounding areas include Oakworth and Oxenhope. Nearby villages include Cross Roads, Stanbury and Lumbfoot.

Twin towns


  1. ^ Rebecca Fraser (1993). "The Brontës". in Kate Marsh. Writers and Their Homes. Hamish Hamilton. p. 41. ISBN 0241127696.  
  2. ^ "Scroggling the Holly - 20th November". Retrieved 2008-03-27.  
  3. ^ Telegraph & Argus, Fair traders win award
  4. ^ a b Telegraph & Argus, Andes show boosts International link
  5. ^ Evans, Fiona (13 January 2009). "Library hope for literary village". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Haworth Main Street at Christmas
Haworth Main Street at Christmas

Haworth [1] (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 Bronte 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.

2005 is the 150th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë's death - a series of special events have been planned in the village for the occasion.

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.

  • Haworth Parsonage and Brontë Parsonage Museum [2], Church Street, tel +44(0)1535 642323, fax +44(0)1535 647131,, open daily 10am-5.30pm (April to September) and 11am-5pm (October to March), except 24-27 December and 2-31 January, admission adults £4.90, seniors and students £3.60, children 5-16 years £1.60, children under 5 free, families £10.50 - maintained by the Brontë Society, the Parsonage is the house in which the three Brontë sisters (and their brother Branwell) grew up and went on to compose their famous novels, while their father served as vicar in the nearby Haworth church
  • Haworth Church and Graveyard [3]


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

  • Haworth 1940s Weekend (normally in May)
  • Haworth Arts Festival
  • Yorkshire Day Celebration (at the start of August)

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

  • Scroggling the Holly
  • Torchlight (flaming torch) Procession

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


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 takewayws, 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.


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

  • the Black Bull, 119 Main Street, tel 01535 642249 - easily the most famous pub in the village, the Black Bull was the tavern where Branwell Brontë drank excessively in his well-documented slide into alcohol and opium addiction before his death from tuberculosis in 1848, aged 31. His favourite drinking chair is preserved inside the pub.
  • Haworth Old Hall, at the bottom of Main Street, serves a variety of meals and real Ales
  • The Fleece, halfway down Main Street serves local Timothy Taylor real ales.

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


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.

Get out

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

  • Hebden Bridge. This popular tourist village is accessible by bus several times a day or a fair walk over the moors. Trains run regularly from Hebden to Manchester. Literary tourists with their own transport may also want to visit Heptonstall where poet Sylvia Plath is buried.
  • The Yorkshire Dales. About 45 minutes drive up the road. You will need a car to get here, or will need to plan your route on public transport carefully.
  • Those with a car may want to drive north to Bolton Abbey an impressive ruin that inspired many painters and poets.
  • Other local places worthy of a visit include Halifax, Huddersfield, the World Heritage Site at Saltaire and the church at Guiseley, where the Bronte's were married.

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

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

HAWORTH, an urban district in the Keighley parliamentary division of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, xo m. N.W. of Bradford, on a branch of the Midland railway. Pop. 090 I), 749 2. It is picturesquely situated on a steep slope, lying high, and surrounded by moorland.. The Rev. Patrick Brontë (d.186r) was incumbent here for forty-one years, and a memorial near the west window of St Michael's church bears his name and the names of his gifted daughters upon it. The grave of Charlotte and Emily Bronte is also marked by a brass. In 1895 a museum was opened by the Brontë society. There is a large worsted industry.

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