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Top Cities for the Cultural Traveler: New York New York: Top Cities for the Cultural Traveler
Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. (Kevin Fleming / Corbis)

Real Places Behind Famously Frightening Stories

Discover old haunts that inspired thrills and chills in fiction and film

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

Bronte Wuthering Heights
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Ponden Hall and Top Withens, England

Brontë probably had two places in mind when she imagined Wuthering Heights, the haunted house in Yorkshire at the center of her only novel. The Heights’ remote, windswept location could have been that of Top Withens, a ruined farmhouse that overlooks the moors south of her hometown of Haworth. The structure itself could have been based on Ponden Hall, a 19th-century manor house also near Haworth; the single-paned window on the second floor may well have been the one that Catherine Linton’s ghost tried to climb through one wild, snowy night. (Ponden’s owners, Stephen Brown and Julie Akhurst, do offer tours to small groups.)

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