Hay-on-Wye is a jewel in the Brecon Beacon’s National Park’s crown. It is world famous as the original “Town of Books”, it is a small market town astride the Welsh / English border and it has a history stretching back over a thousand years. There are many hidden corners, many stories to be told and much more to Hay than just books and festivals. So join us to discover the real Hay! Click here for our town guide.
Hay Tours is a community organisation managed by Hay History Group. All the guides are local volunteers who enjoy bringing the stories of Hay to life, many of which can be uncovered just by walking along the main streets of the town.
The project received start-up support from Brecon Beacons National Park, via the Sustainable Development Fund and Hay Chamber of Commerce. They are endorsed by various local organisations including Hay Tourist Group, Hay Tourist Information Bureau, Hay Town Council and Hay Chamber of Trade. Hay Tours also work in partnership with Hay Castle Trust to offer tours of Hay Castle.
Hay Tours is a community enterprise and all profits are put back into the organisation to cover its costs and ensure future sustainability.
Hay Heritage Trail: a tour covering the main history of Hay.
1.2km /0.7m /60-90 mins.
Starts /ends outside Hay Cheese Market, Memorial Square, HR3 5AF, in the centre of Hay.
This tour takes in all the main historic features of Hay, including the Cheese and Butter Markets, some of the town’s former public wells and many of its pubs (there used to be 40 inns in Hay back in the good old days).
It also covers the town walls and the three gateways to the original medieval walled town: Ny Port Gate, Lion Gate & Carles Gate, as well as Hay Castle, and Wyeford Road where people would ford the River Wye before the first bridge was built in 1763.
This tour is the most versatile route and can be cut or lengthened according to your interests and time.
For more information and to book a Hay Tour click here