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Hay on Wye is a small town with a population of around 1,900, but during the 10-day festival it is claimed that over 80,000 visitors descend on the little town, so as you might expect, the town and its surroundings offer a wide range of accommodation.

You can choose from opulent country manor hotels, traditional inns, B&Bs, self-catering cottages and campsites. You also can decide whether you wish to stay within the town or in the gorgeous countryside that surrounds it.

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Choose a hotel, inn or B&B in the town centre if you really want to immerse yourself in the unique ambience of this literary town. You can easily get around on foot, and will be able to fully explore the town’s bookshops, pubs and other attractions at your own pace.

Accommodation in the Countryside Around Hay on Wye

There are a number of grand country hotels in the region, set in manor houses and stately homes with beautiful gardens, in the spectacular landscapes of the Wye Valley and the Brecon Beacons National Park. These offer fine dining and every creature comfort you might desire. You can also find more modest guesthouses and B&Bs in the countryside. Whatever you choose, you will be perfectly placed to take advantage of the incredible variety of leisure activities the area offers.

Self-Catering in Hay on Wye

There are many holiday cottages available to rent in and around Hay on Wye, at prices to suit every budget. These are ideal for families or those who prefer the freedom and independence self-catering can provide.

When to Visit Hay on Wye

During the famous Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, accommodation is usually in very short supply, and many of the hotels and B&Bs are booked up over a year in advance. Whatever accommodation you choose, you should book it as early as possible if you wish to attend the festival.

Besides the famous literary festival, the town also hosts the Hay on Wye Dark Skies Festival in April, when keen astronomers can spend the weekend gazing at the stars and appreciating the unspoilt night skies of the Brecon Beacons Dark Skies Reserve.

The Hay on Wye Walking Festival is held in October, and offers a programme of around 50 guided walks to suit all ages and abilities, lasting from a few hours to whole days. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery while learning a little about the history and landscape of the area from local experts.