Our cafe and shop will be open throughout September while the rest of the building is closed for building work. Regrettably we have no wheelchair access for this period

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News on planned partial closure during September

We are delighted and proud to have welcomed over 40,000 summer visitors to the Castle, a mix of locals and tourists. As we expected after such a huge project, we now have some snagging work that needs to be carried out, as well as some more substantial remedial works such as repair to the lift.

To make this happen efficiently, and with minimal disruption, we have decided to close part of Hay Castle for around 20 days from 12th September.

The Hay Castle Café and the Gift Shop will remain open. The Tower, East Mansion, and parts of the West Mansion (First Floor (apart from the customer toilets) and Second Floor) will be closed. The South Lawn will also be closed due to the need for scaffolding to be erected to fix the guttering, and to allow for work to the gravel path.

Access will be via the Honesty Bookshop steps. Regrettably, this means that full accessibility will not be available. This is a great disappointment, but unfortunately there is no safe way to keep the south side open while works are being carried out. We will do all we can to ensure that we spread that message as widely as possible through communication, signage, and our online platforms. Your assistance in passing on the word, either by sharing our posts, or through conversation, would be most helpful and greatly appreciated.

We look forward to reopening in October with full service and a full programme of cultural activities, and to get back to our work enhancing this unique and wonderful community resource.

Thank you for your support over the past three months and for bearing with us during the next few weeks.

Open 10am to 5pm, seven days a week.

Our Address

Hay Castle
Oxford Road

01497 820079


Hay Castle is opposite the big car park on Oxford Road in the centre of Hay-on-Wye. If you are coming from the Brecon direction follow the signs for the main car park and you will see us immediately across the road.