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Due to the national fame of three of the daughters within their lifetimes, subsequently leading to international fame and eventually making 'Jane Eyre' and 'Wuthering Heights' two of the most popular novels of all-time, the Brontës' family home has been preserved as a museum. Downstairs the museum is laid-out just as their house was back in the 1800s, even the wallpaper has been reproduced. Upstairs there is a mixture of originally laid-out rooms and rooms full of the Brontës' artwork, clothing and other historical artifacts. This leads out into a newly-built annex with even more displays. The museum also has a library, which contains more original writing and artwork.
The present-day church was built around 1880, twenty years after it's most famous reverend, Patrick Brontë, passed away. At that time there was national outrage towards the idea of rebuilding the church because it had already become a place of important historical significance (following the fame of three of Patrick's daughters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne). However, the rebuild proved to be absolutely necessary. Today the church stands on the original grounds, and the Brontë family are buried in a vault beneath. Around the church there are subtle reminders and memorials to the family and, more noticeably, fabulous stained glass windows.
Top Withens is a ruined farmhouse, 2 miles (as the crow flies) both from here and from Haworth. It is likely that the house is not literally the 'Wuthering Heights' that Emily Brontë wrote about, which was more likely a fiction inspired by her surroundings. However, it is preserved as somewhere for people to experience a more visceral sense of the surroundings she described in the story. There is a stone engraving on the farmhouse wall and it is a place of pilgrimage for many thousands of the Brontë fans who visit the area every year.
Haworth's steeply-rising cobbled Main Street is the ideal place to buy a small gift, any kind of card or some art. In fact we would wager that it's the best place within a 50 mile radius to do so. Every shop is unique and you can tell that their contents have been carefully selected by someone who really cares about the products they put on sale. Beyond The Apothecary and Mrs Beighton's Sweet Shop, which we will cover in their own sections, our favourites include Deadpan & Ginger, Hawksby's, Rosie Bobbin's, Oates & Wiles and Daisy Days.
An Apothecary is what they called a chemists in the olden days. At the top of Haworth's cobbled Main Street, opposite St Michael And All Angels church, set back from the road is an Apothecary that has been restored in all its original Victorian splendor. Walk inside and you find it warmly lit by glass globes and chandeliers, fragranced with exotic oils, and packed from floor to ceiling with rich mahogany and glass display cases. Surrounded by a collection of antique Chemist's bottles, you can buy wonderful, high-quality soaps, powders, cosmetics and perfume.
Remember when you could buy a quarter of sweets from an endless array of big glass jars? At Mrs Beighton's you can step back in time and buy any of your old favorites, from Pear Drops to Aniseed Twists & Sherbert Pips to Lemon Drops. They also have Gobstoppers, Sherbert Fountains, 30 different types of Liquorice, 10 flavors of fruity Bon Bons, an endless array of Fudge and much, much more.
Brontë Walks offer a range of guided tours and walks of Haworth, the Worth Valley and surrounding area. Their most popular offering is an hour-long walking-tour called 'the Passionate Brontës' which covers the area around the top-end of Main Street where, for most tourists, the most intimately connected points of interest are.
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is an authentic and preserved steam railway which runs between Oxenhope and Keighley. At the weekends and during holiday periods you can take a trip back in time onboard a wonderful steam train. The railway and stations have appeared in numerous films and TV series.
Cliffe Castle Museum stands in attractive hillside grounds with greenhouses, aviaries and a children’s play area. The displays include an array of glittering minerals, local rocks and fossils, mounted birds and local mammals, original furnished rooms with chandeliers, stained glass, old dolls, toys and a programme of temporary exhibitions.
A collection of vehicles including Britain’s last trolleybus and the oldest known double-decker trolleybus in the world. Also buses, coaches and ancillary vehicles, together with some commercial vehicles; covering the period from the 1920s up to the 1990s.
Locomotive exhibits and archive film combine to create a story of the steam locomotive and the people involved in their manufacture, operation and maintenance. Locomotives can also be viewed under restoration.
One of the most complete, fully roofed medieval castles in England. Surviving 900 years of turbulent history and besieged for three years during the English Civil War. Explore from the depths of the dungeon to the top of the watchtower.