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.