2020 DATE COMING SOON
Arrive at Holdsworth House Hotel at your leisure. Your home for the weekend is the stunning Holdsworth House Hotel. Steeped in history, the hotel has been used as a filming location for Last Tango in Halifax and the Beatles also stayed here in 1964 for John Lennon's 24th birthday. The history of Holdsworth House is as mesmerising as its architecture. This stunning Jacobean manor dates back to 1633 and has connections to the Bronte Family. There is evidence that Mr Wadsworth who owned the hotel knew the Lister family of Shibden Hall and the Brontë family of Haworth. To this day Holdsworth House retains many period features, adding a real sense of calm, comfort and tradition. During our Brontë Weekend Guided tour, led by our Blue Badge Guide you will see and experience many of the places where the Brontë Sisters lived and visited.
After breakfast our Blue Badge Guide will give us an in depth private guided tour of Holdsworth House and its grounds. During the tour will learn all about its rich history and about the filming which has taken place over the decads. After the tour our private coach will transfer us to the village of Thornton to see the house where Anne, Charlotte, Emily and Branwell were born and the remains of the church where their father was minister. From here we transfer by coach to Haworth and the Bronte Parsonage where our guide will give a full guided walking tour of the top of the village en route to the museum introducing you to points of interest along the way. It's at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, the former home of the world's most famous literary family and the place where Charlotte, Emily and Anne wrote some of the greatest novels in the English Language. You will have time to explore the house at your leisure, including the rooms where they wrote their famous works which are still filled with their furniture, clothes and possessions. You can also explore the village further having had an orientation walk earlier. With its cobbled streets and quirky vintage shops you can visit the Brontë Chapel at St Michael and All Angels Church and its amazing graveyard, The Apothecary, The Black Bull pub, frequented by Branwell Brontë and have lunch before meeting back at the coach for a ride down to Haworth Station. Here we will catch the steam train from Haworth to Keighley Station before meeting the coach for a short transfer to East Riddlesden Hall, a delightful National Trust property complete with yummy tearoom! It's here film crews carried out location shoots for ITV series Lost in Austen and adaptations of Wuthering Heights. We return to Holdsworth House for a lovely 2 course group evening meal (included in your tour).
Our private coach will transfer us to Hebden Bridge, a Pennine town which is situated just over the moors to the south of Haworth in the heart of West Yorkshire's Brontë country. Here you will see deep wooded glens and valleys with their wild windswept moors which inspired the Brontës and which this area of the Pennines is famous. We will also visit the nearby Pennine town of Sowerby Bridge where Branwell Brontë worked at the railway station as assistant clerk before being appointed clerk in charge up the line at the station for the nearby village Luddenden Foot. While we are here we will also visit Mytholmroyd, famous as the birthplace of the poet Ted Huges and the hilltop village of Hepstonstall where Hughes' wife Sylvia Plath is buried.
We finish our tour in Halifax, with many Brontë connections. It's here Charlotte came in June of 1854 to purchase material for her wedding dress. In a letter to her best friend and bridesmaid Ellen Nussey, dated 12th June 1854, Charlotte mentions that she was "too busy to unpack her wedding outfit for several days after it arrived from Halifax". You will also have a tour of the beautiful Piece Hall, the Grade I listed building and an architectural and cultural phenomenon which is absolutely unique. It is the sole survivor of the great 18th century Northern cloth halls and dates back to 1779.
By the end of the weekend you will have seen so much of the Brontë Family and their lives that you will hopefully feel compelled to come back to Yorkshire and explore this beautiful part of the country further.
Join Diva Destinations on our 2020 hosted group tour
£369pp based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room
£455 based on sole occupancy
Prices to be confirmed
Included In Our Brontë Tour:
- Diva Destinations hosts throughout your stay
- Private coach hire throughout
- 2 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in the beautiful Holdsworth House Hotel
- Full day guided coach tour on Saturday & Sunday led by our Blue Badge Guide
- Entry to the Brontë Parsonage
- Entry to East Riddlesden Hall (National Trust)
- Steam railway travel from Haworth to Keighley Station
- 2 course evening meal on Saturday night at Holdsworth House Hotel
- Meals & refreshments not mentioned above
- Return travel to & from Holdsworth House Hotel
About your hotel
Something Special, Somewhere Unique. The history of Holdsworth House is as mesmerising as its architecture. Our stunning Jacobean manor house dates back to 1633 and retains many period features. With historical ties to local luminaries including Anne Lister and the Brontë family, Holdsworth House is the perfect place to relax and treat yourself to something special, somewhere unique. Holdsworth House is one of Yorkshire’s best four star hotels. Stay overnight in our feature-packed manor, in the most comfortable of beds. Our hotel is set in the peaceful suburbs of Halifax.