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Haworth is quite a small village, to the west of Bradford in the county of West Yorkshire.

A pretty village in itself, with the moorland rising behind the village as a scenic Yorkshire backdrop, but above all Haworth attracts a very large number of visitors because of its historical connection with the Bronte sisters - three 19th century sisters (Charlotte, Emily and Anne) who each achieved great success with their novels.

The centre of Haworth village pretty much follows a steep cobbled street lined with gift shops and cafes with traditional names like 'Ye Olde Bronte Tea Rooms'. Despite the exuberant commitment to tourism that has grown up around the famous sisters it is a very picturesque village to visit, even if your interest in the Bronte sisters is limited.

The parsonage at Haworth was home to the Bronte family, and is now the Bronte Parsonage Museum - a 'pilgrimage' site for many hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and one of the most popular attractions in Yorkshire. The parsonage is carefully maintained in its original state and has a very large number of items relating to the sisters, with the rooms of the parsonage being faithful reconstructions of how they would have been at the time. (Each of the sisters also died quite young, and their father, the parson, outlived all of them which adds an extra poignancy to their story and to a visit to Haworth)

The other important local highlight is the Steam Railway that passes through the railway station in Haworth, a popular attraction with visitors and a very enjoyable way to see the surrounding countryside.

Too much Bronte?

The surrounding countryside is now often referred to as 'Bronte country'. If you wish to explore you could follow the 40 mile trail - the Bronte Way - a pathway that will take you past several local landmarks including the Bronte waterfalls, the Bronte Bridge, and the Bronte stone chair. Don't let me put you off with my gentle teasing - it is actually very interesting to see the scenery and locations that inspired such great novels as Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and highly recommended.

Note: Haworth is apparently a twin-town with Machu-Picchu, the famous ancient town in Peru. That is a very cool twin town to have!

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