A Guide to Visiting the Bronte Family Locations
The famous literary Bronte family are known for living in the village of Haworth in the Bradford District. They lived their lives in this area and it is known affectionately as Bronte Country thanks to this family. Around the Bradford district, there are plenty of places to visit where members of the family have a connection but there are 3 main places I would recommend visiting if you’re a fan of the Bronte sisters.
The Bronte sisters are Charlotte Bronte, the author of Jane Eyre, Emily Bronte who penned Wuthering Heights and Anne Bronte who is known for writing Agnes Grey. They lived alongside their brother Branwell and father Patrick Bronte who was a priest.
There is so much history with the Bronte family and they themselves have helped to showcase some of the best of Yorkshire in their writing, such as the famous moors Emily Bronte wrote about in Wuthering Heights with Catherine and Heathcliffe.
Below are 3 of the best places to visit if you’re interested in the Bronte family locations. Alongside these 3 places which are all significant for the Bronte family, you can find inspiration and nods to the Brontes around Haworth village.
The Bronte sisters were all born in a small house on Market Street in Thornton village. The house itself is marked with a plaque to commemorate the family and their history in Thornton. Although you are unable to go into the property, there is something significant about seeing where the families roots began.
The Bronte Parsonage
At the top of Haworth Main Street is the Bronte Parsonage Museum. The family lived in the parsonage and it has been transformed into a museum allowing you to see the Bronte collections. Within the Bronte Parsonage, you can learn more about the lives and inspirations of all of the family members. The Parsonage is helping to keep the history of the Brontes alive and is run by the Bronte Society which is one of the oldest literary societies in the world.
The Bronte Falls
A 10-minute drive from Haworth to Penistone Country Park allows you to park up for free and walk to the Bronte Falls, which can include walking up to Top Withens. Out in the moors this is a beautiful countryside walk which takes in the Bronte Falls and is a place where the Bronte family would spend time. You can even find Charlottes chair, a stone where Charlotte Bronte would sit and write – You might feel inspired yourself! The walk itself can be extended into a loop but I wouldn’t recommended it if you have mobility issues or for pushchairs.