When you are looking for a day out in Yorkshire, there are endless options. However, if you prefer discovering less crowded and known places, Haworth must be on your list.
It’s a small village located near Bradford and despite its size, there are amazing things to see in Haworth. I discovered this place when I was looking on Google for “hidden gems in Yorkshire”. I had already visited York, Harrogate, etc. so I really wanted to go somewhere even smaller, but worthy to visit.
I was surprised to discover that it’s actually famous for its association with the Brontë sisters, and I’m glad I decided to visit it because it’s one of the most picturesque villages in England, and probably one of my favourites villages too.
In this post, I’m going to tell you all the amazing things you can do in this cute little village.
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How to get to Haworth
Leeds to Haworth
The most convenient way to travel from Leeds to Haworth is by car. It takes approximately 50 minutes, but be aware that the town has hills, so I wouldn’t recommend driving there if you don’t have much driving experience. It can be a bit scary!
If you’re using public transport from Leeds, it gets a bit more complicated because you’ll have to travel from Leeds to Keighley (the nearest town to Haworth) by train, and then get a bus from Keighley to Haworth.
Similarly, if you’re travelling from any other city in Yorkshire, travelling by car is the best option.
London to Haworth
I wouldn’t travel to Haworth from London for a day because it’s far and although it’s impressive, there aren’t as many activities as in other places.
In this case, you’d better stay in a bigger city like Leeds or York for a couple of days and do a day trip to Haworth.
If you’re travelling by car, it takes up to 4 hours and a half, so it’s a long way and using public transport is better in this case since you’ll get there faster by train and bus (3 hours and 30 minutes).
If you’re looking for more North England destinations, check this blog.
Things to do in Haworth
Walk around Haworth Main Street
Haworth Main Street is the most picturesque area in the village. Imagine yourself in a traditional British village with cobbled paths, independent shops, flowers and ivies on the houses and buildings, locals walking with their dogs or having lunch outside, etc.
Some of my favourite independent shops include Mrs Beightons Sweet Shop for traditional British sweets and Pretty Penny ideal for gifts and souvenirs. But there are many to choose from, so you can definitely spend some money here if you love boutique shops.
It’s the perfect place to get a view too! At the top of the hill, you can see the buildings and green countryside at the back.
TIP: Fancy some food? You must try pastries from Villette Coffee House and Bakery. The pastry is light and delicious. I had the spinach and feta one ☺️
Relax in Central Park
It was funny to hear that Haworth park is called the same as the famous New York City Central Park. Obviously, you can’t compare them, but it’s a nice small park that has been recognised nationally as a high-quality green space.
The park has different areas from a playground to a pretty colourful flower garden. It’s the perfect place in Haworth to relax on the grass and have a picnic.
Visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum
I must admit that I didn’t visit this amazing museum because I visited the village in the middle of June and they weren’t open because of coronavirus. This means that I’ll have to go back to Haworth and visit it when it opens again.
Inside the museum, you can find The Brontë collections which are so valuable and continue to inspire many artists around the world.
Check their website for prices and times here.
Contemplate St Michael and All Angels’ Church
This is a well-known church because of the association with the Brönte sisters, and it’s very impressive to know its structure has been built in different periods of time. For example, the tower was before the latest building works that took place between 1879 and 1881.
As you walk up, you can see the graveyard that has approximately more than 40,000 bodies. You can’t believe this because it looks so small, but it’s definitely overcrowded. Fortunately, they closed this graveyard in 1883 due to overcrowding and sanitary issues.
I didn’t get the best feeling when I was walking around there!
Take Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway runs from Haworth and its surroundings. This is a very different way to explore this area. When you take this train, you can expect to see beautiful landscapes.
Surprisingly, this railway has appeared in many films and series like Sherlock Holmes! In particular, the Oakworth station has been one of the most visited locations to record films.
Also, if you prefer to be active and walk, you can take the railway and stop for a break in one of their stops which offer different and unique walks.
The Top Withens Walk is one of the most popular because it takes you out of Haworth through the village where the Brönte sisters lived and were inspired to write.
Places near Haworth
If you’re planning to travel to other close places, you can consider the next towns:
- Keighley (12 min)
- Shipley (22 min)
- Bradford (23 min)
- Halifax (25 min)
- Leeds (43 min)
* The minutes refer to the distance by car
If you’re still wondering whether to Haworth is worth visiting or not, the answer is it’s totally worth it. I really enjoyed my day there, but I definitely need to go back to explore those places that were closed due to COVID-19.
I’d also add Haworth waterfalls and moors to this list!
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