"Hay-on-Wye is famous for one thing – books. It's a bibliophile's paradise. There are millions of them, and they are everywhere. The castle's a book shop, the cinema's a book shop, the fire station's a book shop - even the alleyways are book shops. And, if you’re lucky enough to visit in May you'll catch the annual Hay Festival of Literature."
Hay-on-Wye is a thriving market town with a global reputation. With almost 40 bookshops it has been officially recognised as the National Book
Town of Wales and every year plays host to a number of events, including the Hay Festival.
With plenty of galleries, antique shops and craft shops Hay is ideal for a stroll year round, whilst just a mile away in Clyro you'll find several small commercial art galleries.
The town's location just within the north-easternmost tip of the Brecon Beacons National Park offers visitors stunning scenery and a wealth of outdoor activities, including the beautiful Wye Valley and the Black Mountains.
The annual Hay Festival, with its party atmosphere, provides an eclectic mix of literature, comedy, music and current affairs within its cosmopolitan
programme. The Festival attracts around 80,000 visitors over ten days.
To find out more about local events please visit The Official Hay-on-Wye website or for the Hay Festival.
Some places we'd recommend visiting during your stay with us include:
For those wishing for a little activity during their stay:
We also work in partnership with The Activity People to provide a range of fun and exciting things to do when you stay with the Swan. If you want to try archery or clay pigeon shooting locally, let us know. Full details of available activities can be found here.