Hay-on-Wye – 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.

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Brilliant for bibliophiles

Brecon Beacons

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 – it’s the Hay Festival

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.

Canoe and camp

Hay is also a great place to begin a long-range canoe trip down the Wye through Herefordshire. With several river bank campsites to stop off at canoe camping is truly wonderful way to see the Wye Valley at its very best.
Accommodation in Hay on Wye
Find a mix of luxurious self catering and B&B accommodation in Hay-on-Wye.
Food and Drink in Hay on Wye
Discover the taste of Hay on Wye by visiting the local food and drink locations we have around the town and surrounding areas.
Contour Outdoor
There's plenty of things to see and do in Hay on Wye, from walking and climbing the Wye Valley to canoeing down the River Wye.
What's on in Herefordshire
There's always something happening around Hay-on-Wye with countless festivals and shows taking place, you're never short of activities for the family.