About Hay on Wye

How many other small market towns can boast an annual book festival attracting 100,000 people? Or a 40 seat cinema? Or its own medieval castle? With just under 1500 permanent residents, Hay should be a sleepy bywater on the banks of the river Wye. In fact, it’s a cultural hub which attracts visitors, explorers and shoppers from the four corners of the globe.


Hay on Wye is internationally famous as a town of books. But there’s far more to our beautiful little town than bookshops – though you are spoilt for choice if paperbacks are your poison! Outdoor pursuits have boomed in recent years, with Hay providing an unbeatable base for canoeing, biking or walking in the Brecon Beacons.


You can read what other visitors have enjoyed by visiting the Hay on Wye TripAdvisor page or by visiting the Tourist Information Centre opposite the main car park. If you have a specific question for a Hay business, please feel free to get in touch and we can pass your message on.