One of the gems along the River Wye, Hay-on-Wye is the small town famous the world over for books.
With the river flowing gracefully along its north western edge Hay, as we locals refer to it, abuts the England Wales border. Its reputation as a town packed with bookshops and as the venue for the annual Festival of Literature are only two of its many facets. Y Gelli Gandryll (the shattered grove) as it is known in Welsh, is the ideal base for exploring the northern Black Mountains. Come and discover its many quirky delights.
How to get there
Check out our getting here page for more information on how to get to the National Park.
Things to see and do
Peruse the numerous second hand bookshops and antique shops
Shop at the various independent clothing, food and craft shops
Pop along to one of the regular markets
Go for a meander along the river and around The Warren
Pick up the Wye Valley Walk to the east or west or Offa’s Dyke Trail to the north or south
Keep an eye out for news about the exciting project to restore Hay Castle
Visit Hay Festival
Hay-on-Wye Tourist Information Bureau, Oxford Rd, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5DG 01497 820144