Hay-On-Wye Travel Guide

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Hay-On-Wye Things to Do

  • Tourist Information Office

    After parking up in the main Pay and Display Car Park, we headed to the nearby Tourist Information Office to pick up guides to the town, and to find out what events were happening during our weekend. The small building is crammed with guides, leaflets and books about the town and the area as well as places to visit in England and Wales within a few...

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  • Hay's Bluff

    If you need some fresh air after browsing countless antiquarian bookshops for hours and hours, why not leave the town of Hay to visit Hay's Bluff? There's definitely enough fresh air up there - the mountain is notorious for its exposed and windy top. As it is completely devoid of trees the winds do blow strongly up there. Hay's Bluff is about 5km...

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  • Hay-on-Wye book festival!

    Held each year in May,I found it to be an Excellent event and worth the lovely drive from London to get there - a small town in lovely countryside in Wales - and an excellent lineup of events to attend.In May 2006, I got hold of a schedule of speakers and prebooked tickets and enjoyed the stimulation of an interesting variety of comedy (Jo Brand)...

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Hay-On-Wye Restaurants

  • Tapas galore

    Tomatitos looks pretty much like a British pub, but it is essentially a tapas bar with a pub attached. A huge selection of very tasty tapas awaits the hungry patrons - from Spanish tapas classics to new creations with a local touch. Among others, we went for* Patatas bravas (potato chunks in a spicy sauce - very good)* Chorizo en sidra (chorizo in...

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  • Disgusting food & *** poor staff...

    Ordered "Home made" Lasagne. Ate 3 bites. Lasagne is made with pasta sheets, ricotta cheese, mince & sauce which are repeated until pan is full. What I got was 1 pasta sheet on the bottom & Shepherds Pie fillings with cheese on top. Was told "No one else has complained, Madam." Then "chef" brought out a plastic takeaway with another portion. Said...

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  • Very disappointing!

    I recently visited this pub and was very disappointed with the food and service. I ordered the chicken & mushroom pie. When it arrived it was salty and very greasy. It arrived with a salad! When the bar man asked me for feedback I told him my concerns I had eaten my meal but wanted him to be aware of my comments for future diners. A few minutes...

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  • POOR VALUE FOR MONEY

    I have been to this restaurant several times, including a 'big do' for my father's funeral.I went again on 15th September 2012 and was very unimpressed on several accounts:The service was slow and when the food arrived, the portions were small and very mediocre in quality. The Lamb Tagine with 4 x 2cm square pieces of meat swimming in a bland...

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  • Fantastic Food! Fantastic Staff!!

    When venturing into new parts of the world I always check reviews of local restaurants and eateries. At first, likie many, I was put off by the innitial negativive reviews of this charming pub. I looked at some of the competition and found that none appealed. While shopping my friend and I were discussing the fact that Hay seemed to have no where...

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  • Vegetarians don't bother

    I recently went into the Blue Boar in Hay on Wye lured in by the promise of Sunday roast with vegetarian options. I was told, however, that the roast was off and I had to choose from the main menu or the specials board. Ok no poblem. Specials board first- Oh nothing vegetarian on there. Never mind - main menu. Lets see I have a choice between two...

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  • Avoid like the plague

    I have eaten in the various restaurants and pubs around Hay-on-Wye for over 30 years now. A few years ago I would have rated the Blue Boar as one of the best places to eat in Hay. NOT ANYMORE! I went in with my partner for a meal Jan 2009 and the first thing that struck me was the apalling service. The bar staff had no concept of who was next to be...

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  • Tuesday Night is Curry Night!

    The Baskerville Arms is a hotel/pub/restaurant in the village of Clyro, just outside Hay. As well as the usual pub fodder (I had an excellent home made chicken pie), they also serve indian specialities. The fish curry was delicious, even if they did bring me a poppadum when I asked for a naan! The fish curry - delicately flavoured and very unlike...

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  • Sheep's milk ice cream .. and the best...

    An ice-cream parlour that, as its name implies, specialises in sheep milk ice-cream. So... the four of us were eating a delicious ice cream, and I, never satisfied with the moment, was reading out the menu of other possibilities. I described how all the ices were made with sheep milk, and my friend, only half-listening, said she 'wasn't going to...

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  • Between a cafeteria and a café

    The Café Hay is in a building attached to the Craft Centre complex, close to the tourist information and the main bus stop. Since there is also a large parking lot nearby, it was really busy.It's a mixture of a cafeteria and a restaurant, you order your food and take it to your table, but anything which has to be prepared fresh will be brought to...

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  • Pub Grub

    I was attracted to this pub because of the literary connections of the name (the pub in Agatha Christie's St Mary Mead is the Blue Boar).It serves a typical pub selection: pasta, chilli, steak etc. We tried the traditional Welsh cawl (a type of lamb stew) and a ham salad. Both were good. Cawl is a traditional Welsh lamb stew.

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  • Go upstairs for a bit more room

    Oh this is a wonderful restaurant. It is cafe style so you get a tray and get in the queue. The food is far from usual cafe fare. It is vegetarian and there are tons of choices. I can't remember what I had, but I know I loved it. I passed on dessert, but wish I hadn't.

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Hay-On-Wye Transportation

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    Leave plenty of time!

    by Zmrzlina Updated Jul 27, 2003

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    Plan to get to Hay-on-Wye as early as possible so you don't feel rushed. If you plan it right, you can get out before the last bus and then have time to do something else in the evening.

    The buses leave from Hereford, in UK as early as 8:30 a.m. and it takes about an hour to get to Hay-on-Wye. And coming out, it is 5 p.m. for the last bus. And I am not sure about Sundays.

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Hay-On-Wye Shopping

  • Not only books

    This shop could easily be in London - a large space filled with art, clothes, crafts, books, furniture and vintage objects. If you are in need of a break from all those books everywhere come here, get something to drink or eat in the café or wander through the industrial-looking rooms full of interesting stuff. I saw countless objets d'art which I...

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  • Taking a trip down memory lane

    Rose's is your number 1 if you are looking for rare and out-of-print children's books. The shop has been around since 1982 and is, unlike most others in Hay-on-Wye, quite spacious and not chock-a-block with books. Instead, what you get is a very fine selection of books which you might have come across during your childhood, but which then...

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  • Whodunnit?

    Opened in 1997, Murder and Mayhem is and has always been dedicated to detective and crime fiction as well as horror books. If you happen to like books of this kind, this is the place to be. Like all the others, Murder and Mayhem is full to the brim with books, but as a plus this shop is, according to the proprietors, "the most bizarre and most...

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Hay-On-Wye Local Customs

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    The Kingdom of Books

    by King_Golo Written May 14, 2015

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    Hay-on-Wye may officially be a part of Wales and thereby a part of the United Kingdom, but in reality it is its own kingdom, the "Kingdom of Books". Richard Booth, founder of Hay's first second-hand bookshop, founded the kingdom on 1 April, 1977, and proclaimed himself king, officially because he was dissatisfied with the local government. While this might be considered an April Fools' joke it still served a certain purpose, viz making the town more popular. The trick worked, and Hay-on-Wye's fame grew.
    Hay-on-Wye may be a small kingdom, but it has its own country symbol for cars, issues its own passports and created its own currency. You can even have your own title conferred - being made a baron or baroness costs you just £35, while the title of a duke or duchess can be bought for £50. Richard Booth is a monarch for life and so still appears in public every now and then in his stylishly silly crown, gown and sceptre. Find out more about him and his kingdom by either buying "My Kingdom of Books" by the king himself or visiting his highly entertaining website (address given below).

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Hay-On-Wye Warnings and Dangers

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    Don't miss the last bus

    by christine.j Written Oct 14, 2006

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    I was in Hay on a Sunday, so maybe my experience was typical for Sundays and it's different on a weekday. At 5pm in the afternoon, everything seemed to close. The bookstores, the craftcentre, the café and the tourist information, all of sudden everything was deadly quiet. Luckily for me, my bus was only a few minutes late, leaving shortly after 5. I had met a young American, however, who was going the other way towards Hereford and he had to wait for his bus for more than 90 minutes. There was nothing for him to do than sit on the wall and wait.

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