Croeso i'r Gelli / Welcome to Hay-on-Wye

World renowned for books and bookshops. Its unique position on the border between England and Wales makes Hay ideal for visitors to explore and enjoy the beautiful border country. Our website has information for both visitors and residents.


Hay Festival 2024
Ready for a world of different experiences? Hay Festival is back! Hay Festival welcomes writers, readers, thinkers and dreamers of all ages for 11 days of events and activities. The site is free to enter with on stage events ticketed individually, with more than 600 in-person events in Hay-on-Wye, 23 May – 2 June 2024, there’s something for everyone.
This year's line-up has just been released and offers a snapshot of the very best new fiction and non-fiction, plus a healthy dose of comedy, music, theatre and entertainment. Enjoy daily free pop-up activities and performances around the site, and experience the new Family Garden where young readers can kickstart their creative journeys. Book your tickets at
The Rhydspence Inn
Craig & Freddy have recently taken over The Rhydspence Inn, a 14th Century building with a fantastic garden overlooking the Wye Valley. Just a short drive to Hay-on-Wye with 7 quaint rooms and serving some of the best food in the area, they have redefined what an Inn should be. Welcoming hospitality, great food and a good nights sleep. Definitely worth a visit! Visit website
Casa Bianca, Whitney-On-Wye
Casa Bianca, Whitney-on-Wye's newest addition, invites diners to savour the essence of Italy with homemade pasta and authentic flavours. Our cosy ambience and warm hospitality promise a delightful dining experience. From handcrafted pasta to delectable specialities, each dish is prepared with care, using locally sourced ingredients. Join us at Casa Bianca for an unforgettable taste of Italy. Buon appetito! Visit website
HowTheLightGetsIn Festival 2024
450 performers, 300 events, 13 stages! HowTheLightGetsIn Festival brings Nobel Laureates, Mercury Prize contenders and musical rebels to banks of the River Wye. With a packed children's programme, fiery debates, deep diving solo talks, intimate dining experiences,laugh out loud comedy and critically acclaimed music there's something for the deepest thinkers and littlest brains alike. With Final Tier Tickets almost gone don't miss your chance to spend the weekend, or just one day, at an unforgeable family festival escape.
Flockers are here!
This is our first shop and we are thrilled to have opened it in Hay-on-Wye. Flockers as a brand is new yet the artist Cookie has been designing best selling t-shirts since 1995! Pop in to meet 'Pudding' shop dog, always pleased to meet and greet you. Be WARNED you might laugh out loud! We are online at
Opened 1st October 2022, and located near Hay Town Clock. Selling original oils, watercolours, drawings and prints (liths, etchings, engravcings etc.) sympathetically framed. Dated from early 19th to 21st Century. Contemporary and eclectic mix of styles, techniques, subject matter, from representational to abstract. Affordable prices from £80 to £750, with occasional items worth more.
Hay Castle
In May 2022, Hay Castle opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 900-year history, following a major 10-year restoration project. The castle is one of the great surviving defence structures on the border of England and Wales, and preserves the Richard Booth Collection, which was established as a tribute to the self-declared King of Hay. The castle and the beautiful grounds are striking spaces for private and community events, as well as hosting a programme of exhibitions, musical and dramatic performances, workshops, performing arts, and cultural activities.
The Literature Laboratory
We invite you to swing by our enchanting shop, The Literature Laboratory, where a treasure trove of delightful stories awaits you. As well as innovative fresh children's titles, we also specialise in wellbeing and parenting books.  We stock a unique range of eco sustainable wellbeing goods such as QiEco yoga mats, travel wash kits as well as exciting jewellery crafted in Snowdonia from foraged treasure.  Come and discover our exciting wellbeing range of gifts. Our shop is just across from the Butter Market in Hay-on-Wye. Come see us and unleash your inner explorer as you navigate through our whimsical world of books, and don't be surprised if you find yourself lost in the pages of a newfound favourite. So, come on in, make some new friends (both on and off the pages), and let the magic of reading fill your heart and mind!  We have toys and outdoor activities for children of all ages to educate, inspire and entertain.

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