It’s English Tourism Week (5-13 March 2016) so we thought it would be a good opportunity to pay homage to our home of Haworth with a blog on the three top reasons to visit the beautiful, literary, tourist hotspot in the heart of Yorkshire’s Bronte country.
- The cobbles of Main Street
We named our café and pottery painting studio Cobbles & Clay because of our fantastic location on Haworth’s iconic Main Street. The cobbled street is steeped in history and in true Yorkshire style is set on a steep hill, which many tourists find a challenge walking up! But trust us, it’s worth it to make your way up and admire the wonderful views from the top (and of course visit us!) Main Street, which has been graced by daring Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire cyclists (who have no doubt never tackled such bumpy terrain!), is packed full of lovely independent shops (including our sister boutique gift shop Daisy Days), cafes, restaurants and pubs that make it such a vibrant attraction for tourists and locals alike. Wandering the cobbles and Main Street occasionally stopping off at shops and cafes is a quintessentially English experience which you won’t find anywhere else in the world!
- The Brontes
Haworth is of course famous for being home of the literary Bronte family – and you can feel their presence and impact everywhere. People come from all over the world to see the bleak moors described in iconic stories such as Wuthering Heights. The must-visit Bronte Parsonage Museum is just a short walk up the road from Cobbles & Clay and 2016 marks the start of the Bronte bicentenary celebrations, which gives tourists an added incentive to visit. Our sister gift shop Daisy Days will soon be launching an exclusive range of Bronte-themed hats by flat-cap-designer-to-the-stars Rhian Kempadoo-Millar so that you can really look and feel the part.
- The scenery
It may sound bleak in some of the famous Bronte novels but, especially as we come into Spring (once the snow clears that is!), the countryside surrounding Haworth makes for breath-taking scenery that could rival many tourist hotspots around the world. Because it is so hilly, you can see the rolling moors from almost anywhere in the village. If you want to really immerse yourself in the local culture and history, you can even enjoy the scenery from a steam train on the amazing Keighley Worth Valley Railway, which runs through Haworth.
If you’re thinking of visiting Haworth this week or any time in the future, we’d love to welcome you to Cobbles & Clay and Daisy Days as part of your experience!