Hay-on-Wye â€“ with a man-made mountain of books!
Best known as ‘the town of Books’ Hay-on-Wye at the top of the Golden Valley is famous for its specialist and secondhand book shops. A visit to Herefordshire wouldn’t be complete without nipping across the border to sample all the delights that Hay-on-Wye has to offer.
Or stay a while and while away your days in the hotels, B&Bs, camping and caravan sites, self-catering cottages and guest houses. With wonderful local food and drink served at the inns, pubs and cafes, you can browe the galleries, top up with tasty treats and get energetic on the hills and rivers.
Brilliant for bibliophiles
With over 30 antique and secondhand bookshops Hay is a treasure-trove for bookworms. Whether you’ve a thirst for facts or fancy a bit of fiction, Hay will have it. From Children’s to Natural History, Gardening, Detective, Crime, Horror and more – you could easily spend a day exploring the pages of Hay and the hills that surround it – the rolling green hills of Radnor, the uninterrupted Brecon Beacons National Park and Black Mountains, the amazing 8th century earthworks of Offa’s Dyke.
From gentle strolls to long distance leg-stretchers, Herefordshire has it all. Thinking about bringing a group? Take a look at the Herefordshire Walking Festivals – many festival organisers offer a hosting service to help you plan a few days in the county with your group
Hey hey â€“ itâ€™s the Hay Festival
The Hay Festival of Literature and Arts – or simply ‘Hay Festival’ as it has become known – is one of the most highly regarded events in the international literary calendar. The festival takes place across 10 days in late May and early June.
It’s a delightful carnival gathering that presents some 500 events from writers, poets, musicians, politicians, philosophers, comedians, television and radio presenters – in fact anyone who is anyone in literary art.