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The Brontes, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre

This is a full-day all-inclusive tour which takes you to some of the places associated with the Bronte family.

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  • Duration: 8,5 Hours
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Description

This tour takes you to:

  • Brontë Parsonage Museum & Graveyard to see where the Rev. Patrick Brontë and his children Branwell, Charlotte, Emily and Anne lived and died. The rooms where they wrote their famous works are still filled with their furniture, clothes and possessions.
  • Haworth with its evocative cobbled streets and quirky vintage shops, including The Black Bull pub, frequented by Bramwell Brontë.
  • Wycoller Hall, the romantic ruin which was the inspiration for "Ferndean Manor" of Jane Eyre
  • St Michael and All Angels Church, where all the Brontë's except Anne are buried in the family vault.
  • The wild Pennine moors, the haunt of the Brontë's from childhood and the dramatic backdrop to their literary lives.
  • Cowan Bridge, the location of the infamous Clergy Daughter's School, the inspiration for "Lowood School" in Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre".
  • Ponden Hall, the inspiration for "Thrushcross Grange" in Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights".
  • The beautiful countryside of Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, so very different from Cumbria's fells and lakes. 

Additional Features:

  • Gift Shops at Haworth and Brontë Parsonage Museum
  • Food, drink & comfort facilities available at Haworth and Wycoller
  • Suitable for solo travellers 

Itinerary

Itinerary

This tour takes you through three Counties to the village of Haworth and the Parsonage where the Bronte's lived with their father, set in the bleak moorland landscape of North Yorkshire. 

 We start the day with a scenic drive through Cumbria, past the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale and into the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Our first stop is at the village of Cowan Bridge to see the buildings which were once the Clergy Daughter's School attended by four Brontë sisters, Maria, Elizabeth, Charlotte and Emily. The poor conditions and harsh regime caused a scandal at the time and although the sisters were withdrawn from the school, it was too late for Maria and Elizabeth who died shortly after returning home. The school was the inspiration for "Lowood" in Charlotte's novel, Jane Eyre, and she never forgot the harsh treatment and unhealthy conditions the she and her sisters endured there. 

Our drive continues amidst beautiful scenery into the County of Lancashire. Following in the footsteps of Charlotte Bronte, our next stop is at the tiny village of Wycoller with its ruinous hall, the model for Ferndean Manor in Jane Eyre. The village is full of character and atmosphere with two ancient bridges and a ford crossing Wycoller Beck. Your guide will show you around the Gothically romantic ruined hall and explain the history of this sleepy little village. 

As we move through the towns and villages, your guide will put the surrounding countryside and the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the area into context. We see one of the local mills, a survivor from the time of the Brontë's, up close on the way to Ponden Hall. As our time is limited, we only have time to view the hall from the
outside. It is famous for reputedly being the inspiration for Thrushcross Grange, the home of the Linton family, Edgar, Isabella, and Cathy, in Emily Brontë's novel Wuthering Heights. However, it does not match the description given in the novel and is closer in size and appearance to the farmhouse of Wuthering Heights itself. The Brontë biographer Winifred Gerin believed that Ponden Hall was the original of Wildfell Hall, the old mansion where Helen Graham, the protagonist of Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, fled from her husband. Ponden shares certain architectural details with Wildfell: latticed windows, a central portico and date plaque above. We will let you decide for yourselves which sister described it in her novel. 

From here, our journey takes us across the brooding Pennine Moors, a bleak and beautiful place where the sisters would wander to escape the industrial fumes from the chimneys of nearby Keighley and the emotionally charged atmosphere of the Parsonage in Haworth. Although there is no evidence that the now ruined farmhouse on Top Withens was the inspiration for Heathcliff's dwelling, locals and the Brontë Society say Emily was most likely thinking of its moorland setting when she wrote about Wuthering Heights. Describing it, she wrote: "One may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge, by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end
of the house; and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun."
Pretty strong stuff when you are out there on those actual moors in the wind and the rain! Although we can experience the moors from the road, we don't have time to walk very far before moving on to our next, fascinating destination, The Brontë Parsonage Museum. 

Your entry to the Brontë Parsonage Museum is included in the tour. 

 You will be free to explore the Brontë Parsonage, where Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell lived with their father Rev. Patrick Brontë. You will see where they sat and wrote, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and The Tennant of Wildfell Hall and discover how they lived and what their lives were like in Industrial Yorkshire where death was on the doorstep and freedom was on the moors. Your guide will be with you throughout the visit to the Parsonage, ready to answer any questions that you may have. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Parsonage Museum gift shop, where any books bought are eligible for the souvenir Parsonage stamp

After your visit to the Parsonage, your guide will take you on a tour of the graveyard and the village where you will wander down the High Street of Haworth, hardly changed since the Brontë's walked here 150 years ago. You will see the Black Bull Inn where Branwell drank himself to death and the Apothecary where he bought laudanum, his other deadly addiction. Throughout the village, your guide will take you back in time to the places and people that the Brontë's knew, walking in their footsteps to bring the place alive for them again. You will also visit the church to see the family vault where all but Anne are buried. 

On this tour you can let your imagination run free, breathe the chill moorland air, gaze over the wild, dramatic landscape of "Wuthering Heights", "Jane Eyre" and "The Tennant of Wildfell Hall". Discover the freedoms and restrictions, the successes and failures, the loves and losses endured in the world of Victorian England, a place which
fashioned the passionate, emotional and tragic lives of the world's most famous literary family. 

What’s included

Live commentary on board
Knowledgeable guide available throughout the tour
Qualified driver in addition to guide for your safety
Small group size for a more intimate experience
Air-conditioned vehicle
WiFi on board

What’s excluded

Food and drinks

What do I need to bring

The weather can change quickly, even in the summer months. Please bring a waterproof coat with a hood in case of rain or windy weather.

As there is some walking involved in the tour, some uphill and on uneven or wet terrain, please wear suitable, comfortable shoes. 

Important information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • All passengers, including children of any age, must have a seat purchased for them
  • Not stroller accessible
  • Infants must not sit on laps
  • Infant seats unavailable
  • Please choose the option for the place you wish to join the tour, once booked this is where we expect to pick you up
  • The English Lake District weather can change quickly, even in the summer months. Please bring a waterproof coat with a hood in case of rain or windy weather
  • As there is a little walking involved on the tour, some uphill and on uneven or wet terrain, please wear suitable, comfortable shoes
  • This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 5
  • Please ensure that you are at your chosen departure point at least 5 minutes before your pickup time. The minibus will be unable to wait for you if you are not there and you will miss your tour. Due to local traffic conditions the bus may arrive later than expected. Please wait 10 minutes after the quoted departure time before calling. The English Lake District weather can change quickly, even in the summer months. Please bring a waterproof coat with a hood in case of rain or windy weather. As there may be a small amount of walking involved in the tour, some uphill and on uneven or wet terrain, please wear suitable, comfortable shoes. No food or drink is included in the tour price.

Guided Language

  • English
R 0 8,5 Hours , Easy

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