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Overview & description

Set in the picturesque village of Haworth against the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire moors, Haworth Parsonage was the home of the Brontë family from 1820 to 1861 and the place where Charlotte, Emily and Anne wrote their great novels.    Now the Brontë Parsonage Museum, it houses the world’s largest collection of Brontë furniture, clothes and personal possessions and offers an inspirational and evocative experience for people of all ages.

Items on display include letters, notebooks and household artefacts.  Visitors are always fascinated to see how tiny the sisters’ handwriting was, with the ‘Little Books’ being a favourite exhibit for many.  The Brontë family dining table, which was sold by auction following Patrick Brontë’s death in 1861, returned to the Parsonage recently thanks to a generous award from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.   It is the table where Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall were written and where the Brontë sisters shared their work with each other.  A real writer’s table, it bears ink stains and candle burns and, as one of the most important literary artefacts of the 19th century, is a must see for anyone interested in the Brontës and their work.    

Personal items on display include Emily’s paint box, Charlotte’s sewing box, pebbles collected by Anne, a comb used by Emily and the bonnet worn by Charlotte on her wedding day. 

The museum presents a regularly changing programme of exhibitions, contemporary arts events and family activities.  In 2018 the Brontë Society has been working with a variety of creative partners, including Lily Cole, the poet Patience Agbabi and folk group The Unthanks, to produce a variety of new commissions exploring the legacy of the enigmatic Emily Brontë, whose bicentenary is being celebrated this year. Our 2018 exhibition, Making Thunder Roar, was also inspired by Emily Brontë, and invited well-known Emily devotees including Dame Judi Dench, Maxine Peake and Helen Oyeyemi to contribute personal responses detailing what Emily means to them.

The Museum is open daily except 24 -27 December and during January.  Full details can be found at www.bronte.org.uk or you can follow the Brontë Parsonage Museum on facebook and twitter. 

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Prices

Type Price
Adult £7.50
Child £4.00 - Under 5s Free
Concession £6.50
Family (up to 2 adults and 4 children) £20.00
Family (1 adult and 1 child) £10.00

Facilities available at Bronte Parsonage Museum

  • Disabled Access
  • Child Friendly
  • Indoor
  • Card Payment
  • Annual Pass

Awards

  • accred