Explore West Riding in Yorkshire, best known in literature for its connection with the Bronte sisters; Charlotte, Emily and Anne.
Bronte Country stretches across the Pennines from West Yorkshire to East Lancashire in the North of England. The beautiful landscape of heather covered moorland inspired the Bronte sisters to write their romantic novels, each in their own individual ways created a visionary depiction of the wilderness of this region.
On a tour of the area a visit to the Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth should be included, this was the originally the Haworth Parsonage where the family lived and wrote some of their most famous novels; Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. The Museum is home to the largest and most important Bronte collections and is also home to one of the oldest literary societies in the world which was founded in 1893. In the churchyard in Haworth all the Brontes are buried except for Anne, who is buried in Scarborough.
Anne Bronte was a governess to the Robinson family and used to accompany them on their annual holidays to Scarborough. When she was taken ill in 1849, she returned to Scarborough hoping that the sea air would be beneficial and would cure her, unfortunately she died and is buried in the graveyard at St Mary’s Church.
Visit Thornton village which is the birthplace of the sisters and their brother Branwell, they were born here while their father was the Parson at Thornton Church before moving to Haworth. Stanbury is a little village near Haworth, Ponden Hall was a 17th Century farmhouse where the Bronte children played and is said to have inspired the farmhouse in Wuthering Heights as well as ‘Thrushcross Grange’ and ‘Wildfell Hall’. From Stanbury you can start the walk to the ‘Bronte Waterfall’ and Top Withens. Top Withens on the Moors is the location where Wuthering Heights is set and is a great walking location and enjoying the beautiful scenery on the Pennine Moors.
These are just some of the highlights of a tour of Bronte Country.
On a bespoke literature group tour in England you can visit the places where they lived, enjoy the landscapes, learn about and see what inspired these great writers and poets. We welcome the opportunity to customise your group’s tour to suit you or your client’s requirements. We are also very happy to research and design a completely new tour around a theme, so please do contact us with your ideas.