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The Brontė Sisters in Yorkshire

Haworth Parsonage where the Bronte family livedThese book club favourites were writing at a time when they could only get published by pretending to be men. Living on the edge of the wild Yorkshire moors in Haworth their surroundings became so much a part of their writing that the area became known as Brontė Country. 

What could our book club do?

  • Visit the Brontė Parsonage Museum at Haworth and enjoy one of their excellent illustrated introductory talks.
  • Walk over to the Brontė waterfall and see Top Withens on which Wuthering Heights was based and enjoy the spectacular views of Brontė Country.
  • Visit St Michael and All Angels Church in Haworth to see the Brontė memorial chapel and the family vault.
  • Join our experienced guide for a walk around Haworth.
  • Visit Cowan Bridge where there is a plaque commemorating the Clergy Daughters’ School attended by the four oldest Brontė girls and thought to be the inspiration for Lowood School in Jane Eyre.
  • Oakwell House, built in 1583 by John Batt featured in 'Shirley' as Fieldhead.  It's now a fascinating museum furnished as it would have been in the 1690s and set in 100 acres of country park.
  • The Red House Museum was a cloth merchant's house and the home of Mary Taylor, a lifelong friend of Charlotte Bronte.  It featured in 'Shirley' as Briarmains and little has changed since Charlotte Bronte used to visit her friend here.  The award-winning re-created gardens are not to be missed. 

Anything else of interest in the area?

  • How about a trip on the Keighley and Worth Valley steam railway made famous by the 1970 film, The Railway Children?
  • A visit to York Minster is a must and far more interesting when led by a knowledgeable guide.
  • The Jorvik Viking Centre in York is a fascinating place.
  • Castle Howard, the 18-century palace designed by Sir John Vanbrugh was used as the setting for TV’s Brideshead Revisited in 1981.
  • Visit Gawthorpe Hall (built in 1600) to enjoy Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth’s textile collection with examples of needlework from all over the world and all periods of history.
  • The National Media Museum in Bradford is devoted to film, photography, TV, radio and the web.

Recommended reading for your book club

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontė

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontė

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontė

Life of Charlotte Brontė by Elizabeth Gaskell

Recommended viewing for your book club

Jane Eyre (2011)
Starring Mia Wasikowska as Jane, Michael Fassbender as Rochester, Jamie Bell as St John Rivers and Judi Dench as Mrs Fairfax.

Wuthering Heights (1992)
Starring Juliette Binoche as Cathy, Ralph Fiennes as Heathcliffe and Sopie Ward as Isabella.

Wuthering Heights (1939)
Starring Merle Oberon as Cathy, Lawrence Olivier as Heathcliffe and David Niven as Edgar Linton.

Book Club Tours look forward to organising your unique Brontė Sisters tour of Haworth and the surrounding area.

Book Club Tours LLP, 33 Broad Lane, Hampton, Middlesex TW12 3AL • Tel: 020 8979 2285