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minkie Mar 27th, 2010 04:33 PM

itinerary help york - haworth - london
I will be in the UK for a few days and thought I would head up to York then do a day trip to Haworth then back down to London. I am not sure how many days to spend in York - would 2 be enough, take the train to Haworth and then from there back down to London for a couple of days. Any suggestions - hotels, trains or must sees - all told I have 5 days. Thanks for any input!

Morgana Mar 28th, 2010 12:47 AM

This sounds fine - perfectly feasible.
Kings Cross, London to York is a regular and generally efficient service (we use it all the time for work) and if you pick the right train it can take under two hours.
The day trip from York to Haworth isn't the easiest in the world without a car. I THINK (and I am sure someone will correct me if am wrong) that it will be train from York to Leeds, then train to Keighley then bus to Haworth. Then your return trip would be Haworth to Keighley to Leeds and then train from Leeds to Kings Cross.
Again Leeds to Kings Cross is a regular service and takes just under two and a half hours.
Haworth's big draw is the Bronte Parsonage Museum of course, (which often has very good exhibitions) but it also has a steam railway.
There are walks from the village up onto the Moors, and you soon get a flavour of the wildness up there that inspired the Brontes. It can be bitterly cold and windy even on a summers day though. On one occasion we parked our car on the Moors to start a walk and the wind was so strong we couldn't get the car door open!
A good walk from Haworth is to Top Withins (ruin) and the Bronte waterfall, but should be treated as a 'proper' walk with walking shoes and outdoor wear. The paths can be very rocky and slippery, and the ground frequently marshy.
You can see plenty of York in two days. There's much to see depending on your interests. The train station is just a few mins walk from the centre of the city which is compact. The Minster is worth the trip alone, but there is also the excellent (and free) National Railway Museum which is a pedestrianised 3 minute walk from the railway station.
However, without a car it is also possible to see two particularly wonderful places in the area and you may choose to sacrifice part of one of your York days to visit either of them. The two places are Fountains Abbey (World Heritage Site) and Castle Howard. Here are the links to how you reach them without a car.
Both places would occupy you for a long while. Fountains Abbey is part of a large estate which also includes (amongst other things) Fountains Hall, St Mary's Church and Studley Royal Water Gardens with its temples. Fountains opens at 10am so you could make a prompt start and get there at opening time. The Visitor centre is very good too, and you can get decent food there or take a picnic (no shops anywhere near!).
Alternatively you could take a bus to Pickering which is the start of the North Yorks Steam Railway, and steam across the NY Moors to visit Whitby - again another wonderful day out and Whitby is great. Famous for its Dracular connections, Abbey, Captain Cook and amazing fish and chips!
Hope this helps your research.

smerkor May 14th, 2012 01:53 PM

I know I'm digging up an old post - but it fits my question: we are renting a car (just a day trip) in York and plan to drive to Haworth to experience the Bronte Parsonage Museum, etc.

Is the drive easy? Best directions? (we will be leaving from the York train station - renting from Hertz). Anything in particular we should be aware of? I've read a lot about the parking in York and make sure we don't use certain lots. I know one could spend days here, but can we expect to see the highlights in 3-5 hours?

alanRow May 15th, 2012 12:23 AM

Lot easier to take the train - you'd be half way to Keighley before you'd even filled out the hire forms. You may even be able to get a steam train from Keighley to Haworth

But if you want to drive I'd take the A59 to Skipton then down to Keighley then out to Haworth - it's a far more scenic route than the obvious of trundling along the M62 to Halifax then over the moors.

BUT be warned there is a car park in Haworth run by a really unpleasant man who will clamp your car if you are a fraction outside the rules. Don't use that car park

bilboburgler May 15th, 2012 12:57 AM

second vote for the most unpleasant car park man in the country. He owns it and applies severe odd behaviour to win money off people, please do not use this car park.

Alan has it, stay away from the M62, not only dull but can lock solid for long periods. Avoid the rush hour like the plague (7:30 to 9:00) and (16:30 to 18:00)

smerkor May 15th, 2012 11:52 AM

I don't want to drive. I would really prefer to take public transportation. I was just under the impression that the train might not be running on a Tuesday in May (May 29).

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