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The Brontes, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre

Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Destination: United Kingdom, England, Windermere
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Windermere
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable

Overview

Step back in time and discover the world of the Bronte sisters on this Bronte Tour! This captivating journey takes you through the life and works of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte, three of the most famous writers in English literature. With a visit to the Parsonage where they lived, the Bronte museum, and other important landmarks, this tour provides an in-depth look into the world that shaped these incredible women. Expert guides will lead you through the Bronte's hometown and share fascinating stories and insights into their lives and works. Whether you're a fan of the Bronte sisters or simply a lover of English literature and history, the Bronte Tour is an experience you won't want to miss. So book your tour today and immerse yourself in the rich literary heritage of the Bronte sisters

Itinerary
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Stop At: Wycoller Country Park, Colne BB8 8SY England

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 The poor conditions and harsh regime caused a scandal at the time and although the sisters were withdrawn from the school, it was too late for Maria and Elizabeth who died shortly after returning home.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.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Bronte Parsonage Museum, Church Street, Keighley BD22 8DR England

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Haworth Parish Church, Main Street, Keighley BD22 8DP England

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.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Windermere, Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This is one of our pickup points

Pass By: Bowness-on-Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria, England

You can join the tour at Windermere

Pass By: Oxenholme, Kendal LA9, UK

This is one of our pickup points

Pass By: Ambleside, Ambleside, Lake District, Cumbria, England

You can join this tour at Windermere

Inclusions
  • Entry into The Bronte Parsonage and Museum is included in the price
  • All entrance fees for locations on the itinerary are included
  • Relaxed and friendly small-group tour of no more than 6 guests
  • Professional Guides share their expertise of all the fascinating facts and stories in English
  • Departure and return to convenient, centrally located meeting points
  • Comfortable minivans with air-conditioning, WiFi and charging points for most mobile devices
  • Regular photo / refreshment / comfort stops
  • Entry/Admission - Bronte Parsonage Museum

Exclusions
  • Lunch - We do stop for lunch but the cost of the food and drink is not included
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The time of pickup from Oxenholme train station is timed to meet the first train heading towards Glasgow from London Euston on Mondays to Saturdays
  • 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
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • As there is a little walking involved on the tour, some uphill and on uneven or wet terrain, please wear suitable, comfortable shoes
  • Children under the age of 5 can travel on this tour but we do not recommend it
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • All passengers, including children of any age, must have a seat purchased for them
  • We will collect you from the departure point linked to your chosen option. Please do not change to a different departure point without informing us in advance as we don't automatically go to every departure point. If we don't know you have changed your departure point we may not pick you up for the tour!
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

1: Windermere LA23, UK
2: Oxenholme, Kendal LA9, UK


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

8 hours 30 minutes


User's Reviews

hongyanz940

28 Aug, 2023

The process was great with the experienced guide and driver. I hope you can arrange to visit the Yorkshire’ wild moors as the backdrop of Wuthering Heights which will be fantastic and give us the whole picture beside visiting Wycoller Country park in the future . Thank you

Mary P

30 Jul, 2023

This was a fun and fascinating experience! Gillian and Sandra are knowledgeable and have great stories to tell. And Sandra is an awesome driver, managing narrow, windy roads with ease. I learned so much and particularly appreciated the depth of the discussion about Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, and visiting the locations that provided the inspiration for the settings of the books.

Meander19537889087

28 May, 2023

I have always been interested in the Brontes; for their tragic life stories and their literature so this tour was a wonderful opportunity to learn more and to walk in their footsteps. It didn’t disappoint. Our guide was very informative and shared our genuine interest and affection for the Brontë sisters. Not to be missed for Brontë fans or anyone who wants to see the beautiful landscapes and buildings along the way.

Lisa_D

18 Mar, 2023

Loved this tour! A smaller group which definitely made for a more personal experience. Both our guide and driver very knowledgeable and informative about the local area and The Brontës, among other things! Lots of time to explore the sites and take pics, although I do really want to revisit the village. Really great day overall, would highly recommend.

Nom353

02 Sep, 2022

Gillian and Sandra are wonderful, friendly and informative guides. The day flew by as I took in sights from the books and the home place of the Brontes. This was my first bus tour, and I'm so glad it was with English Lakes. Highly recommended, and looking forward to booking again.

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