September 12 to 14, 2022
Train journey north, from London to Brontë country. Visit Thornton where Patrick and Maria Brontë lived in the small parsonage with their children Maria and Elizabeth from 1815 and where Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell were all born. After lunch (at own cost) enjoy a guided walk around Thornton to see key Brontë sites including Bell Chapel, where Patrick Brontë preached between 1815 and 1820 and where the Brontë children were baptised. Finally, visit Shibden Hall, a 600-year-old medieval timber framed manor house and one of England’s oldest, dating back to 1420 – the house is a possible inspiration for ‘Thrushcross Grange’ in Emily’s Wuthering Heights. Overnight.
Spend the morning in Haworth, the main location for everything Brontë. Begin with a walking tour of the village to hear stories of what life was like in the Brontës’ day. Visit the famous Parsonage which Patrick Brontë, his wife Maria and their six children moved into in April 1820. See the dining room where Charlotte, Emily and Anne did most of their writing (including 'Wuthering Heights', 'Jane Eyre' and 'Agnes Grey'), the kitchen where they listened to their servant tell tales about the moors, the bedrooms – including Charlotte’s, in which she died - the study and the clock that Mr Brontë would wind up every night. Visit Haworth Parish church, home to the Brontë Memorial Chapel and where the Brontë family (except Anne) are buried. Free time for lunch (at own cost) for which you may wish to try The Black Bull pub, where Bramwell used to drink, or one of the pretty tea rooms. Afternoon on the moors - enjoy a walking tour to see the legendary ruins of Top Withens Farm, believed to be Emily’s inspiration for ‘Wuthering Heights’ manor house. En route you will also see the famous Brontë Waterfall. Finally, visit Bolton Abbey, where Charlotte took her friend Ellen Nussey on one of her first visits to Haworth. Overnight.
Morning visit to Haddon Hall – where the 1996 movie of 'Jane Eyre' was filmed, as well as the 2006 BBC television version and the 2011 movie featuring Michael Fassbender. Return to London.
Slideshow: Haworth © VisitEngland/Thomas Heaton
Photo to the right of the tour: Brontë Parsonage
Wandering the moors was an amazing experience - it took me right into the world of the Brontë books!
Included in the tour
- 2 Nights Bed and Breakfast in a 3 star hotel
- Return train journey from London to Brontë Country
- Tour Guide, Motor coach
- Entrance fees to Shibden Hall, Bolton Abbey, Bronte Parsonage, Haddon Hall