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Haworth has over eight million visitors a year, coming from far and wide to the Bradford District. Many head for Haworth, the literary village associated with the Brontë sisters, the rugged moors around Ilkley, or the award-winning National Museum of Photography, Film & Television within the centre of Bradford.

Haworth is on the edge of the Pennine Moors . Its steep Main Street, paved with stone setts and lined with historic inns, shops, galleries and cafes, leads down to one of Britain's best preserved steam railways.

More than a century ago, when the Reverend Patrick Bronte came to be a minister at Haworth Parish Church, the village was little more than a collection of stone-built weavers' cottages huddled together for protection from the harsh cold winds.

Yet within a few decades, a series of books written by three of Patrick's daughters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, caused this obscure Yorkshire village to become a major centre for literary pilgrimage.

They come to view the sites and buildings, which provided inspiration for novels like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, and to simply absorb the atmosphere of Haworth and its surrounding moors. The spirit of the Brontës lives on and few can leave Haworth without sensing it.

Visitors can tour the Georgian Parsonage Museum, home to the Brontës, which contains a vast collection of their artefacts and also see the village church, where most of their family are buried.

 

 

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