The hilltop village of Haworth in Yorkshire is nestled in the stunning South Pennines. Known for producing British literature’s most famous female writing siblings, the Brontë sisters, it’s no surprise that the spot – pretty but weather-beaten with wild and rugged edges – has inspired some stirring literature. But there’s more to Haworth than its wuthering heights, like a postcard-perfect high street and vintage village life vibes. So whether or not you want cosy pubs, local art, stunning parks or a ride on a steam train, Haworth has plenty going on right now.
15 things to do in Haworth
Find literary history and wiley, windy moors in this dreamy Yorkshire village where the Brontë sisters once lived
A perfect day in Haworth
Take five in central park
If you fancy a breather from walking all those cobbled streets then soak up the lovely Central Park, a nine acre Green Flag winning spot.
Soak up the vibes
Channel your inner Kate Bush with a hike on the moody moorlands surrounding Haworth (flowing red dress optional). Follow footpaths out of the village across wild and rocky terrain to pretty Brontë Waterfall and ruined farmhouse Top Withens, which is said to have inspired the gothic setting for Emily Brontë’s ‘Wuthering Heights’.
Drink like a local
There’s no shortage of quaint pubs here. Grab a real ale beside the open fire in Haworth Old Hall. It’s one of the oldest watering holes in the village, dating back to the seventeenth century. For country-luxe vibes and an amazing array of gins, head to Georgian gastropub The Hawthorn. Or how about some home grown Yorkshire Gin? If so, swing by Haworth Steam Brewing.
Take a ghost tour
If you’re looking for something a little different to do of an evening, then why not explore Haunted Haworth via ghost tour?
If you only do one thing
You can’t visit Haworth without setting foot inside the Brontë Parsonage Museum. Discover more about the contributions Charlotte, Emily and Anne made to literature via exhibitions inside their imposing former home. The atmospheric house is where the sisters penned their famous novels.
Ponden Mill is a Georgian cotton mill just outside Haworth. You can camp beside the River Worth or stay in the historic building, but for something more unusual, book Falling Water. It’s a little woodland retreat, built by owner Richard and inspired by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s stunning 1935 Pennsylvania house Fallingwater. The wooden cabin sits on a remote hillside beside a stream, which has been teased into a trickling waterfall. Beyond huge 1930s-style windows, you’ll find a copper log burner and a bed right next to the water. Talk about getting back to nature.
From £120 a night. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org.