Hay-on-Wye is a small, pretty market town in the Welsh Borders, close to the scenery of the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains. It’s known as ‘the town of books’, thanks to its plethora of bookshops, and hosts the hugely popular Hay Festival, with talks from leading authors, thinkers and more. Staying at our Hay-on-Wye holiday cottages is, therefore, the perfect break for lovers of literature and landscapes alike.
Why visit Hay-on-Wye?
Hay-on-Wye is not only home to a host of bookshops - it’s also a serious shopping destination for lovers of unique antiques, crafts and clothing, and a market takes place every Thursday. It’s also ideal for those looking to take on the Offa’s Dyke Path, a 177-mile-long path following the historic Welsh border.
Things to do in Hay-on-Wye:
Hay-on-Wye lies on the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains, making it perfect for scenic walks - a climb up nearby Hay Bluff (677m) is not to be missed. As it sits on the banks of the River Wye, Hay also offers opportunities for canoeing and kayaking through the peaceful waters.
Why stay in a Hay-on-Wye cottage?
Staying in a Hay-on-Wye cottage places you at the heart of this happening town as well as on the cusp of the Brecon Beacons. Our self-catering holiday cottages include everything from romantic cottages for two, right up to large houses and accommodation on nearby working farms.
Three must see things in Hay-on-Wye:
The Hay Festival is held each June and offers 10 days of shows and talks from authors, entertainers and more.
Visit Richard Booth’s Bookshop, with three floors of books as well as its own cafe and cinema.
Enjoy a peaceful walk alongside the River Wye on the Offa’s Dyke Path.