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Hay Castle
Hay Castle Oxford Road Hay on Wye HR3 5DG

    Hay Castle

    Historic Castle

    A spectacular site, with layers of history, from medieval roots to contemporary arts. A beacon of art, culture, history, and food at the heart of the Town of Books.

    Originally built in the 12th Century as a border stronghold for the De Braose family, Hay Castle has suffered destruction by fire and siege warfare across the centuries. Now, following a major renovation, it is a shining jewel in the crown of Hay on Wye.

    Home to a beautifully restored medieval keep, an exciting new art gallery, and a programme of creative workshops – not to mention a delightful shop and café – this unique blend of old and new architecture has something to offer for all visitors.

    Boasting the best rooftop views of Hay and the winding Wye, Hay Castle also offers a stunning animation in the cellar, medieval costumes to try on, a variety of exhibitions, the crown jewels of the Independent Kingdom of Hay, the original Honesty Bookshop, and the space to explore, or simply relax in, the grounds.

    For opening times, events and activities please visit the website:

    Gallery | Shop | Café | Learning Space | Archive Room | King of Hay Bookshop

    Open daily from 10am to 5pm

    Area Map