Cover to Cover: Literary Yorkshire

Into reading? Then Yorkshire is the place to go. Many times the inspiration for a great novel, the Northern country has also spawned its fair share of terrific British writers. So where can you go to revel in all this glory?

Cover to Cover: Literary Yorkshire

Bronte Parsonage Museum

The ultimate place for a Bronte fan. Once home to the Bronte sisters, this parsonage in the village of Howarth is now a museum dedicated to the family and their works. Bronte-novices will also get a great deal out visiting this place.

Top Withens

Relive Wuthering Heights with a walk through the wind-beaten, heathery hillscape which inspired the setting of the much loved novel. You can also pass by the waterfall named after the sisters as you explore the local landscape. There might even be enough empty space here for you to unashamedly throw your arms open wide and scream 'Heathcliffffff' into the wind.


Anne Bronte is the only sister not to be buried at Haworth, but you can find her grave in St Mary's Churchyard in the town which inspired the setting of Agnes Grey.

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

The railway from E Nesbit's The Railway Children is very much alive and working today, with regular diesel and steam trains running between the villages, as well as vintage train cars which serve afternoon tea!

Whitby Abbey

Visit the setting of Bram Stoker's Dracula. A striking and imposing ruin on top of the cliff which overlooks the town, you can feel for yourself the atmosphere which inspired the gothic novel.

The Dracula Experience

For Dracula fans who a looking for something more thrill seeking, this show allows you to explore the story like never before with a spooky tour through the story of the vampire.

Herriot Country

James Wight was a vet in Thirsk, however he is far more famous as author James Herriot. Visit Wensleydale and Swaledale for the landscape which inspired his novels, notably All Creatures Great and Small.

Tolkien Triangle

Lord of the Rings fans will enjoy this exploration of the author's life taking you from Hull where he was hospitalised to his first posting at Hornsea Musketry Camp and then past Thirtle Bridge to Easington and Kilnsea. It was in this area during WW1 that he created much of the mythology and languages which feature in his books.

Hull History Centre

This centre features a number of collections by figures and writers related to Hull including Yorkshire poet Andrew Marvell and Philip Larkin, who was Librarian to the University of Hull, a must for poetry fans!


Ellen Orange

Ellen Orange Contributor

I am a 24 year old Marketing Officer from the North East with a passion for arts and writing. I did a BA in English Literature and an MA in Twentieth and Twenty First Century Literature at Durham University, because I love books and reading! I have experience in writing for a variety of student publications, as well as having contributed to Living North, a regional magazine and Culture magazine, a supplement to regional newspaper, The Journal. I have been part of a Young Journalists scheme writing for NewcastleGateshead's Juice Festival, a young people's arts and culture festival, and have since become a Team Juice member. As well as reading and writing, I love theatre, photography and crafts.

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