Bronte Parsonage Museum nestles at Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire, and is a captivating family attraction run by the Brontë Society charity. The 18th century home of the Brontë sisters — Charlotte, Emily and Anne — is surrounded by the stark moors that inspired their classic stories and makes for an informative and gripping family day out. The long-established Brontë Society maintains Bronte Parsonage as a museum and library that reveals the family’s achievements and provides a memorable family day out to ticket holders.
Bronte Parsonage has 12 rooms to visit, starting at the Entrance Hall, with its lock and bar front door, sand-stone floors and shuttered windows. Reminiscences from visitors to Bronte Parsonage bring the family attraction alive for ticket holders on a family day out, and an ambrotype photograph illustrates the blinds and curtains hung in the 1850s, while damask and muslin curtains are noted in an 1861 Bill of Sale, and the curtains and wallpaper are fashioned after period designs.
Mr. Brontë’s Study is the room in which Reverend Patrick Brontë oversaw his parish work, and where he learned of Charlotte’s success with Jane Eyre. Three Bibical engravings by John Martin – The Deluge, Belshazzar’s Feast and Joshua Commanding The Sun – inspired the young Brontës’ fiction.
Bronte Parsonage Dining Room’s the nub of the family attraction, as the room where Charlotte, Emily and Anne penned Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey. They perambulated about its table till 11pm, reading and discussing their work. It was used to entertain visitors and enlarged as a parlour in 1850 by Charlotte. The family attraction retains period books on its shelves, along with oil lamps, rushlights and candles.
The kitchen is the part of the family attraction where the sisters listened to their local servant Tabby Aykroyd tell tall tales of the Yorkshire Moors, and it boasts furniture and utensils owned by the Brontës.
Bronte Parsonage had a store room converted by Charlotte into a study for her husband, Reverend Arthur Bell Nicholls, with a new fireplace and doorway, while the Servant’s Room was a bedroom. Its original doorway has been uncovered, along with a mullioned window.
Charlotte’s Room was the main bedroom, while Bronte Parsonage’s Children’s Study was occupied by Emily. She and her sisters performed their plays and wrote their handmade books in it.
The family attraction features Mr. Brontë’s Bedroom, Branwell’s Studio, the Exhibition Room and the Bonnell Room, all accessible by ticket holders on a family day out to Bronte Parsonage. There is limited disabled access, while talks, workshops, drama sessions, artefact handling, creative writing, art, crafts, slide shows and guided group walks provide an intriguing look into the world of Bronte Parsonage, ensuring a stimulating family day out. Just the ticket!
Church Street, Haworth, Keighley, West Yorks, BD22 8DR
Tel: (0)1535 642323
Times: April – September, daily, 10.00 – 17.30
October – March, daily, 11.00 – 17.00