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The Visitor's Guide to Hay-on-Wye

Known all over the World for being the little town with the big heart for books and bookshops, Hay-on-Wye enjoys a unique position as it sits right on the border between England and Wales in the most beautiful of border country of the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley. When you stay in your luxury holiday cottage in Hay-on-Wye, you’re spoilt for choice with all the fabulous things to do and places to go.


Hay Antiques Market

hideaways-holiday-cottages-hay-on-wye-antiques-market.jpg Home to more than 20 dealers with their own units and display cases of antiques and collectables, Hay Antiques Market has a real wide range of interesting stock. Set in a beautiful Georgian building by the famous Butter Market in Hay-on-Wye, this famous antiques market is well worth a visit whether you’re browsing or seriously looking for a particular piece.


Shepherd’s Ice Cream

hideaways-holiday-cottages-hay-on-wye-shepherds-ice-cream.jpg Fresh and healthy Welsh whole sheep’s milk is the main ingredient in Shepherd’s Ice Cream for more than 30 years, resulting in proper smooth, creamy dairy ice cream, only with half the fat. If you’re at a festival or a show in Hay-on-Wye, you most likely will come across the Shepherd’s Ice Cream van, and here’s a piece of advice: Don’t walk past, stop and get in line and you will be in for a little taste of ice-cream heaven.


Richard Booth Books

hideaways-holiday-cottages-hay-on-wye-booth-books.jpg We love a bookshop that’s more than a bookshop and Richard Booth Books fits that bill better than any, as here we have an incredibly well-stocked bookshop as well as a café and a cinema. A fabulous destination within Hay-on-Wye and one of our favourites.


Hay Castle

hideaways-holiday-cottages-hay-on-wye-castle.jpg Part Norman, part Jacobean and part Victorian, in its time, Hay Castle has housed many a patriot, an invader and country gentry, even a world-famous bookshop. This castle is special for many reasons, not least because it stands right in the centre of the famous Hay-on-Wye.


The Old Black Lion

This historic 17th Century public house got its name as it was close to what used to be known as ‘Lion Gate’, one of this medieval town’s original entrances. Famous for being all the things a great pub should be, The Old Black Lion will serve you mouth-wateringly good food and drink in a super atmosphere, every day and night of the week.


Hay on Wye Booksellers

hideaways-holiday-cottages-hay-on-wye.jpg For more than 40 years, Hay on Wye Booksellers on 13/14 High Town has been among the go-to places for anything from the latest popular books to much harder to find titles. Through commitment to always finding it’s customers the best high quality books, this bookshop with its iconic look and charm enjoys a great reputation in the town and has done for many years.


Beer Revolution

hideaways-holiday-cottages-hay-on-wye-beer-revolution.jpg If you thought an independent craft beer bottle shop had no business in the centre of a little Welsh town known mostly for its good books, well then you’d just be plain wrong, because Beer Revolution is just that and Hay-on-Wye simply wouldn’t be the same without it. This delightful shop stock bottled and canned craft beer from some of the most exciting microbreweries in this country and beyond as well as traditional real ales, craft keg beer and cider on tap.


Tomatitos

hideaways-holiday-cottages-hay-on-wye-tomatitos.jpg Not just the best Tapas Bar and Restaurant in Hay-on-Wye, but the best for miles and miles around, Tomatitos’ delicious food is made from only the very best ingredients, sourced locally where possible from growers and makers throughout the Welsh borders, sourcing anything from artisan bread to seasonal veg.


Stella & Rose’s Books

This wonderful bookshop specialises in rare and collectable books, in particular children's and illustrated books. Stella & Rose’s Books has been established since 1991 and has over 35,000 books in stock on all subjects


The Rose & Crown

The Rose and Crown is a family friendly and dog friendly pub which serves good traditional beer and quality home cooked food at very affordable prices.


The Old Electric Shop

hideaways-holiday-cottages-hay-on-wye-old-electric-shop.jpg This is such a fabulous shop, and not an electrics shop at all, but rather a shop of marvellous things, ever-changing stock of incredibly interesting furniture, lighting and eclectic items on one side and a lovely café with delicious, local seasonal fresh foods, drinks and locally roasted coffee.


The Old Stables Tearooms

hideaways-holiday-cottages-hay-on-wye-old-stables-tearoom.jpg This award-winning tea room in Hay-on-Wye serves the most delightful homemade Welsh food and drink. Favourites among many regular visitors are their Welsh Steak & Ale Pie using local beef, Welsh leeks & Welsh ale, as well as their Welsh Rarebit and their Grilled Salmon Fillet in a whisky cream sauce, so whenever you’re in Hay-on-Wye and in need of a hearty meal, look no further.


Red Indigo

hideaways-holiday-cottages-hay-on-wye-red-indigo.jpg Renowned for delicious, modern and imaginative Indian cuisine, Red Indigo is all about supplying good food and a cosy atmosphere to the diners that come from near and far.


The Globe at Hay

hideaways-holiday-cottages-hay-on-wye-globe.jpg The Globe at Hay-on-Wye is a lovely independent arts centre showcasing the uniquely creative people of the town and from further afield with films, live music, talks, debates, art exhibitions and more. Over 10 days each May, when the world turns its attention to Hay-on-Wye for the book festivals, the globe at hay is the home to the internationally renowned music and philosophy festival, How The Light Gets In.


How The Lights Get In

hideaways-holiday-cottages-hay-on-wye-festival-lights.jpg This annual event in Spring in Hay-on-Wye is a wonderfully unique festival of music, thoughts, magic, wonder and ideas. For one weekend, some of the world's leading thinkers meet in Hay-on-Wye sharing their thoughts, voices, music, comedy and performance art.

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