Hay-on-Wye, with a man-made mountain of books

Known as ‘the town of Books’ Hay-on-Wye is famous for its specialist and second-hand 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.

With more than 30 antique and second-hand 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.

And what better setting to enjoy reading? You will be delighted by your green surroundings - the rolling hills of Radnor, the uninterrupted Brecon Beacons National Park and Black Mountains, the amazing 8th century earthworks of Offa’s Dyke.

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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
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Food and Drink in Hay on Wye
Discover the taste of Hay on Wye by visiting the local food and drink outlets 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.