Guide to Hay-on-Wye

Our Guide to Hay-on-Wye (30-40 mins drive)

With lots of bookshops, this creative little bit of the borderlands is known as the town of books. It is now making a name for itself as a place for vintage shopping too. The weekly Market Day on Thursdays is a delight of creativity with food, crafts and vintage stalls.

Top on the list for many people is Richard Booth’s Bookshop, not only for books, but it also has a café - good for coffee and lunch - and a cinema out the back (Lion Street, HR3 5AA / Almost next door is the Hay Deli where you can stock up on local cheeses and supplies (

Don’t miss the Old Electric Shop on Broad Street selling an eclectic mix of clothes, homeware and books, it is also a café serving good coffee, cakes and light lunches (10 Broad St, HR3 5DB /

Stay on Broad Street and you’ll find a butchers and access on your left down to the bridge and river. Carrying along Broad Street will take you to The Globe, an arts centre with a kitchen serving lunch and dinners (check times) and films, music, talks, workshops and art exhibitions (HR3 5BG /

Up towards Hay Castle you’ll find the market (Thursdays), as well as the Hay Antique Market (HR3 5AF / and Beer Revolution ( Along Castle Street are more bookshops, outdoor shop and gift shops, plus another butchers and greengrocers at the end.

Hay is also a good spot for wild swimmingand canoeing - see Active adventures section. The famous literary Hay Festival ( takes place in May when 80,000 visitors descend on the town. Running concurrently is the How The Light Gets In, a philosophy and music festival (

Parking try Oxford Road Car Park (HR3 5AJ)

A little further into Wales from Hay is Glasbury where you’ll find the River Café, a licensed cafe-bar-restaurant (also does canoe and bike hire / HR3 5NP). Further still on the other side of the Black Mountainsis Talgarth, a little market town with Talgarth Mill a working mill, bakery and café serving good coffee and lunches (LD3 0BW /

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