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15 things to do in Haworth

Visiting this dreamy Yorkshire village where the Brontë sisters once lived? Find literary history, cobbles, wiley, windy moors and more great things to do in Haworth

Cobbled street in Haworth
By Georgina Lawton |
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The hilltop village of Haworth in Yorkshire is nestled in the stunning South Pennines. Known for producing Britain’s most famous female writing trio, 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.

RECOMMENDED: Check out nearby York, Leeds and Harrogate

A perfect day in Haworth

Haworth Railway

First up

With its cobbled streets, antique stores and old-school shop fronts, you might feel as if you’ve wandered on to a 1940s film set. Visit the Victorian-style Cabinet of Curiosities, before spotting vintage steam trains at Haworth station where ‘The Railway Children’ was filmed.

Haworth High Street
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Splash the cash

Fuel a sugar high with a trip to Mrs Beightons Sweet Shop and And Chocolate on Haworth’s hilly Main Street. Browse eclectic art and bric-à-brac at Number 71. Embrace the village’s retro feel with clothes and collectables at Oh La La Vintage.

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The Fleece Inn in Haworth
Photograph: Mark Davis

Stop for lunch

For a true taste of Yorkshire hospitality, head to the friendly Fleece Inn. Order homemade pies, Whitby scampi or their seriously tasty lobsterand-crab burger. Still peckish? Settle in for a delicious Yorkshire cream tea at The Cookhouse.

Top Withins, near Haworth in Yorkshire

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’.

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Haworth Old Hall, Haworth
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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.

Bronte Parsonage, Haworth
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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.

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Falling Water in Haworth

And if you stay the night...

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. Ellie Walker-Arnott. 

From £120 a night. To book, email richard@themillatponden.com. 

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