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Hay on WyeUnited Kingdom

Hay on Wye is a smallmarket town in Powys,Wales, just across the border with Hereford, England. It is best known for itslarge number of second-hand and specialist bookshops, and since 1988 has hostedthe famous Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, which takes place over 10 daysin May and June.

The town sits on the River Wye, and on the edge of theBreconBeacons. The town has a delightfully relaxed, old world charm, butalso makes a very convenient base from which to explore the nature, wildlifeand leisure activities of the countryside around it.

Shopping in Hay on Wyeb>Hay on Wye is famous for itsbookshops. While the number of bookshops in Hay onWye has declined in recent years, the town still boasts aroundtwo dozen shops specialising in particular fields or offering more generalstock. All the shops in Hay on Wye areindependent, and there is a strong opposition towards chain stores among thetown’s residents. As well as bookshops, the town has a number of other shops,including art galleries, antique shops, craft shops, clothes boutiques, musicshops, food shops and charity shops.

Outdoor Pursuits in Hay on WyeLocated at the edge of the spectacularBrecon Beacons National Park, Hay onWye offers a huge selection of leisure activities for lovers ofthe great outdoors. Canoeing on the River Wye is especially popular, but youcan also enjoy horse riding, cycling, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing,caving, paragliding, abseiling, fishing, shooting, archery, paintballing, golfand more in this beautiful landscape.

Food and Drink in Hay on WyeMuch of the food scene in Hay onWye is centred on the many town pubs, some hundreds of yearsold, which offer relaxed dining with menus based on fresh local produce, and aselection of locally brewed beers. A traditional market is held on Thursdays,where you can buy local cheeses, meat and fish, fresh vegetables, locally bakedbread and cakes, plants and flowers, and even antiques, clothes and householdgoods.

The area around Hay onWye also has much to offer the discerning food lover, with anumber of excellent pubs, restaurants and cafes a short journey out of town,including several with Michelin stars.

Attractions in Hay on Wye The town is dominated by its ruined castle, datingback to Norman times but destroyed and rebuilt several times since then. Thecastle grounds are home to an unstaffed honesty bookshop, where you areencouraged to pay for your selections by posting money into a collectionbox.

In addition, the well-preserved motte of another,earlier Norman castle can still be seen close to St. Mary’s Church.

Visit Hay on WyeNaturally, avid readers should feel right at home inthis town of books, but those seeking more physical pursuits are just as wellcatered for, with a vast range of outdoor activities available, and abreathtaking landscape to explore.

Top hotels in Hay on Wye

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Swan at Hay Hotel
The Swan at Hay Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is £90 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Situated in Hereford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bookends, Hay Castle and Richard Booth's Bookshop. Whitney Bridge and Brecon Beacons National Park ...

4.1/5Very Good! (151 reviews)

"The staff were particularly helpful and friendly. We had dinner there twice and both times the meals were generous, tasty and prompt to arrive. Despite the necessary restrictions currently in place, every effort had been made to make guests feel welcome and comfortable. We very much enjoyed our short ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2020

The Swan at Hay Hotel
The Old Black Lion
The Old Black Lion
4 out of 5
26 Lion Street, Hereford, Wales
The price is £110 per night from 23 Sep to 24 Sep

Situated in Hereford, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Richard Booth's Bookshop and Bookends. Hay Castle is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away.

4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)

"Fantastic Restaurant. Some of the best food I've ever eaten."…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2019

The Old Black Lion
Rosedale Retreat B&B
Rosedale Retreat B&B
4 out of 5

Situated in Hereford, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Richard Booth's Bookshop, Hay Castle and Bookends. Whitney Bridge and Brecon Beacons ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)

"Lovely hosts and amazing breakfast, sweet room but with seperate bathrom. Beautiful area and rwzlly close to the town."…"

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2019

Rosedale Retreat B&B

Popular places to visit in Hay on Wye

Hay Castle
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Hay Castle

4.5/5(11 reviews)

A trip to Hay Castle takes you on a journey of discovery through the ages. This castle, which is part Norman, part Jacobean and part Victorian, has stood for more than 1,000 years and has been a medieval stronghold, occupied by invaders, a patriots’ citadel, a manor house and even a famous bookshop.

Pen y Fan
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Pen y Fan

4.5/5(61 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Pen y Fan, a popular spot to commune with nature in Brecon. Wander the lakeside or discover the area's countryside.

Llangorse Lake
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Llangorse Lake

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Llangorse Lake during your travels in Llangorse. Wander the picturesque gardens in this relaxing area.

Hereford Cathedral
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Hereford Cathedral

5/5(61 reviews)

Find out about the history of Hereford with a stop at Hereford Cathedral. Visit the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

Abergavenny Museum and Castle
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Abergavenny Museum and Castle

You can browse the exhibits at Abergavenny Museum and Castle, a museum with a storied past, during your trip to Abergavenny. Visit the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this relaxing area.

Old House
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Old House

You can spend an afternoon browsing the exhibits at Old House during your travels in Hereford. Visit the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Hay on Wye

Introduction to the potter's wheel
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Introduction to the potter's wheel

£40
Per adult
The Getaway Driver
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The Getaway Driver

£91
Per adult
Private Hire Transport
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Private Hire Transport

£54
Per adult

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