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Hay-on-Wye (Welsh: Y Gelli Gandryll or Y Gelli), often described as "the town of books", is a market town in Brecknockshire, Wales. It is on the River Wye, very close to the border with England, and within the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is a town of around 1,900 people.

Hay is a mecca for bibliophiles, boasting "thirty major bookshops" (according to its Tourist Information Bureau). Most sell second-hand books.

The bookshops for which the town is now world-famous are a relatively recent innovation. The name most closely associated with the book trade in Hay is that of Richard George William Pitt Booth, who, on April 1, 1977, sought publicity by declaring Hay an "independent kingdom" with himself as its king. The tongue-in-cheek micronation of Hay-on-Wye and its "king" (who wields an old toilet-plunger in place of a sceptre) is today known chiefly for selling novelty low-cost "peerages" to bemused tourists.

Hay-on-Wye appears to continue over the border into Herefordshire. This part of the town is administratively separate, and is called Cusop.

Hay-on-Wye is twinned with Redu, a village in the Belgian municipality of Libin.

Since 1988, Hay has been the venue for a literary festival, sponsored by The Guardian newspaper, which draws a claimed 80,000 visitors over ten days at the beginning of June to see and hear big literary names from all over the world.


 Libraries in Hay-on-Wye:
 Hay on Wye Library
       Chancery Lane
       Hay-on-Wye
       Powys
       HR3 5BL
 01497 820847
 Mon 10:00am-1:00pm 2:00pm-4:30pm 5:00pm-7:00pm
       Thur 10:00am-1:00pm 2:00pm-5:00pm
       Fri 10:00am-1:00pm 2:00pm-5:00pm
       Sat 9:30am-1:00pm


 Golf in Hay-on-Wye:
 Summerhill Golf Course
       Summerhill House
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5EW
 01497 820451


 Pubs/Bars in Hay-on-Wye:
 Blue Boar
       Castle Street
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5DF
 01497 820884

 The Kilvert's Hotel
       The Bullring
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5AG
 01497 821042

 The Rose and Crown
       Broad Street
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5DB
 01497 820435

 The Wheatsheaf
       Lion St
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5AA
 01497 820186


 Hotels in Hay-on-Wye:
 Kilverts Hotel
       Bull Ring
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5AG
 01497 821042

 Old Black Lion
       26 Lion Street
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5AD
 01497 820841

 Seven Stars
       11 Broad Street
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5DB
 01497 820886

 The Swan At Hay Hotel
       Church Street
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5DQ
 01497 821188


 B&B's/Guesthouses in Hay-on-Wye:
 La Fosse
       Oxford Road
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5AJ
 01497 820613

 Rosedale Ramblers
       Rosedale
       Cusop
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5RF
 01497 821831

 Tinto House
       Broad Street
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5DB
 01497 820590

 Ty Bach
 LLowes
       Hay-on-Wye
       Powys
       HR3 5JE
 01497 847759
01497 847940
 [email protected]
 http://www.hay-on-wye.co.uk/tybach

 York House
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5QX
 01497 820705


 Restaurants in Hay-on-Wye:
 The Granary (British)
       Broad Street
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5DB
 01497 820790

 Oscar's
       High Town
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5AE
 01497 821193

 The Pear Tree
       6 Church Street
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5DQ
 01497 820777

 Pizza Express
       Broad Street
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5DB
 01432 352822


 Cafes in Hay-on-Wye:
 The Sandwich Cellar
       Back Fold
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5EQ
 01497 820589

 Shepherds Ice Cream Parlour
       9 High Town
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5AE
 01497 821898


 Misc in Hay-on-Wye:
 Hay Conservative Club
       35 Lion Street
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5AB
 01497 820402

 Hay-On-Wye Swimming Pool
       Oxford Road
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5BT
 01497 820431

 The Royal British Legion
       8 Market Street
       Hay-on-Wye
       Hereford
       Herefordshire
       HR3 5AF
 01497 820525


 To view a larger image, just click on the image

The Manor House, Hay-on-Wye

A day trip to Hay-On-Wye


 

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