Visit and fall in love with the village of Haworth
Haworth is a quaint, little village, clinging to the edge of the Yorkshire moors.
It has picturesque cobbled streets with shops, pubs and cafes where friends visit to unwind over coffee or rest after taking to the hills for a rugged moorland adventure.
Haworth is best known for being the literary home of the Bronte sisters and the majestic steam trains of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. It’s where Cathy and Heathcliffe embraced and where local folklore says passing through ‘The Fairy Cave‘ will bring marriage within a year – dare you!
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7 Top Tips When Visiting The Village Of Haworth
If planning your stay during the winter and want to visit The Bronte Parsonage Museum, please check their opening dates as they usually close two or three weeks in January to refit for their exhibitions. All admissions are by pre-booked tickets only.
Take a trip to the picturesque hamlet of Wycoller. Park at The Atom, for lovely views of Lancashire and Pendle Hill (famous for its witches), then walk down the hill to explore the ruins of Wycoller Hall, believed to be the inspiration for Ferndean Manor in Jane Eyre. There’s also a nature trail, duck pond and numerous foot bridges crossing the beck. If you’re lucky, the cafe will be open!
Visit Salts Mill at Saltaire, near Bradford. This mill and village complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by Sir Titus Salts, a textile magnate and philanthropist. At its height, 3000 workers produced 18 miles of worsted cloth per day on 1200 looms. The mill also hosts artwork by the world famous, local artist, David Hockney.
Visit Gillson’s quarry in Haworth which is still active and cutting stone blocks and bricks. It’s fascinating to see the process of taking the raw stone from the hillside, slicing and carving it. You’ll see the quarry location by spotting the single wind turbine high up to the East of the village.
Visit the historic site of Bolton Abbey to explore the abbey, wooded walks, cross the river stepping stones (watch out for the wobbly one!) and treat yourself in the tearoom. They also host events throughout the year, mostly for children. You pay for parking, rather than individual tickets.
Haworth Village: Frequently Asked Questions
How big is Haworth?
According to the 2011 Census, Haworth has a population of 6,379, including out-lying settlements and farmsteads. Haworth village itself is likely to have just over 2,000 people.
The civil parish of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury is within the Bradford Metropolitan District Council area, which itself falls within the county of West Yorkshire.
Where is Haworth?
The village has a South Pennine hilltop location in the Worth Valley, West Yorkshire, England. It is 3 miles (5 km) southwest of Keighley, between thevillages of Oakworth and Oxenhope.
How far is Haworth from...
Haworth is just 4 miles from Keighley which has a train station connecting to Leeds, Bradford and beyond. It’s also the start of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, so it is possible to enter Haworth via steam or diesel train.
You can also catch a bus to Haworth from the Keighley Bus Station and unless you want to visit the railway station, we suggest you get off the bus higher up the hill at the Haworth Surgery (ask the bus driver to stop there).
Haworth is the following road miles from: Bradford – 9 miles, Colne – 11 miles, Skipton – 13 miles, Leeds – 26 miles, Manchester – 45 miles, York – 52 miles, London – 213 miles.
How do I get there?
By car: If driving, you’ll enjoy stunning moorland routes from Colne or Hebden Bridge, and the roads from the M62 motorway, Halifax or Keighley are very straight forward.
By train: To get to Keighley by train, you can plan your trip and book your tickets with Trainline. The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway runs steam and diesel trains between Keighley railway station and Haworth railway station at weekends, bank holidays and daily in summer (01535 647777). These are great if you’re into vintage railways, but a bit pricey if they’re not your thing and you just want to get there.
By bus: The Keighley bus station is a 5 minute walk from the train station and you can catch the B3 or B2 bus to Haworth for approx £4 (adult). If you want to go to the top of the village, near the Bronte Parsonage Museum, ask the driver to stop at Haworth Surgery.
By taxi: An Uber taxi costs approx £8 (as of 2021).
Where to park the car?
With many streets in Haworth narrow and winding, it can seem difficult to find somewhere to leave your car without causing an obstruction or inconvenience to locals. Here’s a quick guide to what car parking spaces are available (all are Pay & Display).
- Bronte Parsonage Museum Car Park: 63 spaces – council. Our choice, at the top of the village and adjacent to public toilets. This is our suggested car park.
- Bronte Village Car Park: 300 spaces – council. Within an ex-quarry setting with short paths to Main Street.
- Haworth Railway Station Car Park: 35 spaces – railway. Lower part of the village.
- Gas Street Car Park: 60 spaces – council. Lower part of the village.
Locals tip – free parking is usually available at the doctors’ surgery car park when not in use on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. Please do not use when the surgery is open, as local patients need it.
Central Car Park, formerly Changegate Car Park is owned and managed by the notorious ‘Yorkshire Clamper’ (Google it). We suggest you read their reviews on Google and TripAdvisor to make your own judgement.
Is there a children's playground?
Central Park is a well-kept green space with beautiful flower beds, bowling green and children’s playground. This has swings, a climbing frame and slide, and there’s also a band stand in the centre to shelter under in case it rains.
Located between the train station and Main Street with large grassed areas and numerous benches, it’s ideal for picnics and to rest your legs after a busy day wandering around. It also has public toilets there too.
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Escape To The Moor Guided Walk
Escape To The Moor guided walk takes you off the beaten track to many key Bronte beauty spots across Haworth Moor. You’ll learn a great deal about the area and if you don’t want to walk by yourself, you can walk with other like-minded people.