Days out in Yorkshire: Bronte Tour, Haworth

Bronte Parsonage.
Bronte Parsonage.
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There’s something in the Eyre in Haworth...

Imagine standing on the very spot where three of the world’s most famous writers devised some of history’s finest novels.

Then move to the room where their dad used to fire a gun out the window.

Interested? Good, because that’s what’s in store at the famous Brontë Parsonage.

Forget stuffy and dull. This landmark museum brings the story of Yorkshire’s most famous literary daughters – Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë – to life.

You’ll find out about their cutting-edge works and the fact they had to publish under men’s names as no-one at the time would take a female author seriously.

They were so dedicated, they even wrote miniature books for their toy soldiers.

The Parsonage gives visitors near full access to the family’s home including the bedroom where their father, Patrick, sat watch with a rifle over Branwell when he fell ill.

The story goes that each morning he’d fire a bullet out the window as it was the only way to unload the gun. Very gangster.

The attraction also has a host of rolling exhibitions, including the brand new Capturing the Brontës by Charlotte Cory. In essence, it’s a creative series of images featuring animals’ heads on period costumed people. See it to believe it.

The steps of the Parsonage give way to the picture-perfect idyllic village of Haworth. Its famous steep cobbled street is home to quirky independent shops and excellent cafés.

Coffee and walnut cake is a must at the fabulous Cobbles and Clay art cafe where they make and paint their own crockery!

Add in a ride on the nearby KWVR steam railway and it’s a day out through the decades.

FACTFILE

Prices: Adult £7, child £3.60 (see website)

Opening Times: 11am to 5pm

Address: Main Street, Haworth.

Car Parking: Church Street nearby, paid

Attraction Website: www.bronte.org.uk

Telephone: 01535 642323

Sat Nav: BD22 8DR

For more days out see www.yorkshire.com

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