Blog competition 2nd place – A Trip to Haworth

Following the 3rd place article in our competition for foreign students at the Leeds University Language Centre here is the runner up entry by Aqing Liu from China. It records her observations following a visit she made to the charming Brontë village of Haworth.

A Trip to Haworth

Haworth Station © 2012 Chris Jones/Bow House
Haworth Station © 2012 Chris Jones/Bow House

When I came to Leeds, my friends intensely recommended me to go to Haworth which is the hometown of the famous British writers, the Brontë sisters. Actually, it was the place I had been always looking forward to.

On a sunny day, my friend and I got on the vintage steam train which was powered by coal. The interior decoration style has a considerable difference compared to the trains in modern society. You can see the wooden doors and tables, the ancient seats and even the staff who wear the centuries-old uniforms around you. There is also a little bar where you can enjoy a drink on the train.

Haworth Cobbled Main Street © 2012 Chris Jones/Bow House
Haworth Cobbled Main Street © 2012 Chris Jones/Bow House

The most enjoyable thing for me was browsing the variety of shops in the Main Street. You can find fancy crafts shops and boutiques, while retro houseware stores, unique gift shops and street food stalls could also be found on the street. When you need to have a rest, many kinds of restaurants, cafés and pubs will provide a nice service for you. The whole street is covered by historic grey cobblestones and decorated with beautiful flowers in a blaze of color. There seems to be various activities for me to do in this street, which makes me feel refreshed.

Haworth Bronte Parsonage Museum © 2012 Chris Jones/Bow House
Haworth Bronte Parsonage Museum © 2012 Chris Jones/Bow House

Finally, if you have read Wuthering Heights or you’re a fan of the Brontë sisters, please do not miss the Brontë Parsonage Museum and the Parish Church. The Brontë family’s home now displays many private items which belonged to the Brontë sisters and they enable you to know their growing environment and history better. At the back of the museum, a crowd of sheep were feasting their tasty food on wide grassland. When you are standing under the sunshine, breathing the amazing scent of grass and feeling the gentle breeze on your face, it will be the most unforgettable time in your life I think.

Aqing Liu