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Hay-on-Wye Town Information

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Hay Castle - Photo © Humphrey Bolton

Hay Castle - Photo: Humphrey Bolton CCL

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An attractive town on the Welsh side of the Wales-England border, Hay is synonymous with the sale of second-hand books and is known as the world’s first ‘Book Town’.

Its success is largely down to the Oxford graduate Richard Booth who established a local trend after opening his first bookstore in an old fire station in 1961.

It stages the annual International Festival of Literature each May, attracting people from across the globe.

The town straddles the glorious River Wye and a road south leads through the Black Mountains over the high Gospel Pass to the ruins of Llanthony Priory.

The town used to have a great Norman castle and its gateway still survives.

Hay-on-Wye dates back to Roman times. Gospel Pass leads to the picturesque ruins of Llanthony Priory.  
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Hay Bookshop Photo © Stephen Nunney
Hay Bookshop - Photo: Stephen Nunney CCL