Bride and groom on the steps of Hay Castle


We warmly invite couples through our medieval gates to enjoy a magical and truly unique wedding celebration. As an ancient monument, beautifully renovated with award-winning contemporary design, Hay Castle embodies both history and style. With breath-taking views of the Black Mountains, the castle provides a stunning setting for relaxed and elegant weddings, civil ceremonies, and blessings.

Once home to the King of Hay and now a centre for literature and the arts, our tale goes back a thousand years, from medieval sieges to the swinging sixties. With just a small number of weddings taking place at Hay Castle each year, this is a rare opportunity to create the wedding of your dreams, and to write your romance into the story of the world’s first Town of Books.

Nestled in the spectacular surrounds of the Black Mountains, Hay Castle is the jewel in the crown of Hay on Wye, the famous town of Books, and every booklover’s dream. A wonderful mix of art, nature, books, and history - if you are looking for a wedding venue with a difference, then Hay Castle could be it.

The Great Hall

This grand and atmospheric space has soaring double-height ceilings, an impressive fireplace, and stunning views at every turn. Ancient stones and award-winning contemporary design come together to create the ultimate location for a stylish ceremony, an unforgettable wedding banquet, and for dancing the night away for up to 70 guests.

The Old State Room

Where the King of Hay once knighted his peers, this light, versatile space, with 17th-century timber floors and large sash windows overlooking the Black Mountains, can be tailored to your individual décor ideas. This homely but unique setting can accommodate ceremonies for up to 70 people.

Medieval Tower

This exquisitely romantic tower-top setting, with the best views in the Welsh borderlands that stretch over the charming rooftops of Hay to the spectacular Wye Valley beyond. Perfect for an intimate outdoor ceremony for up to 12 guests.

Sculpture Gallery

At the top of the castle is a beautiful, light, and airy space, where great art is often on display. Subject to availability, depending on our exhibitions programme, the Sculpture Gallery can be used for ceremonies for up to 60 guests.

Outdoor weddings on the castle lawn

The theatrical backdrop of Hay Castle and the magical natural beauty of the Black Mountains provide a setting of timeless elegance for outdoor ceremonies for up to 70 guests.

Our catering team will look after your requirements. With many years’ experience the team at Epicure have built up an impressive list of local suppliers, using only the best quality ingredients. Their friendly and experienced team will work closely with you in all aspects of menu planning, drink choices and service. Epicure Events have menus to suit all different paletes, and they also offer the option to build a bespoke menu to create a day that is unique to you.

Available for exclusive full day hire - you can make Hay Castle yours for your special day

With just a small number of weddings taking place at Hay Castle each year, this is a unique opportunity to weave your story into the fabric of Hay Castle's history. Our tale goes back almost a thousand years, from medieval sieges to the swinging sixties. History, modern design, and an inspiring location combine to make Hay Castle the opening chapter of the story of your new life.

Email or call 01497 820079 to find out more.

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