Rohan Hay-on-Wye – Welcome, Croeso i’r Gelli

Rohan Shop Hay-on-Wye

Welcome to Rohan Hay-on-Wye from Managers Peter Davies & Fiona Street

Shop Phone Number: 01497 822540

Shop Opening Times:

Monday 09:30 – 17:30
Tuesday 09:30 – 17:30
Wednesday 09:30 – 17:30
Thursday 09:30-17:30
Friday 09:30 – 17:30
Saturday 09:30 – 17:30
Sunday 11:00 – 17:00

Shop Address: 23 Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, Herefordshire HR3 5DF

Rohan Hay-on-Wye opened on 27th May 2010 in a stone terrace building with beams, wooden floor and mahogany woodwork to the interior and in the past has housed: Harpers Barbers 2007 – 2010, Little Houses Dolls Houses 2006 – 2007, Gallery 2003 – 2006 and yes you guessed it …a book shop up until 2003.

Directions to shop – The nearest railway station to Hay is at Hereford where buses run by Stagecoach and Yeomans connect to Hay. Bus No 39 Weekdays and 39a on Sundays and Bank Holidays travel from Hereford to Hay Craft and Tourist Information Center on Oxford Road.

Parking -  Large car park next to the Tourist Information and Craft Center. Tariff 50p per hour or £2-50 for the day.

Rohan Team Hay on Wye

Staff Recommendations - The Granary – pleasant 2 storey restaurant housed in an early 19th century wool store. Good vegetarian and vegan options. The upper room has drawing exhibitions by contemporary artists.

Oscars Bistro – straightforward well made food, popular with the locals.
Red Indigo – Hay’s deservedly successful curry house, decorated in high Bollywood chic.
The Sandwich Seller – On Backfold – a popular with walkers putting together a picnic
The Fish and Chip Shop – housed in a small, late Victorian Grade II listed building.
Chop Suey House – a cheerful, high standard takeaway
Kilvert’s Hotel – Good food with a lovely large beer garden to the rear. Dogs Welcome
Blue Boar – Open fireplaces with dining spaces clustered around the bar.
The Swan at Hay – Large, elegant, Grade II listed Georgian coaching in with bar, bistro, restaurant and beautiful walled garden.

Local Knowledge - The Kingdom of Hay-on-Wye (yes, it has its own King) is a book-town on the Welsh side of the border with England. This small market town is famous the world over for the annual Guardian Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts ,described by Bill Clinton as the Woodstock of the Mind, which started on the back of the town’s main industry – tourism centered around the many bookshops and the estimated 10 million books therein.

Other draws for the tourist include the castle with its war torn history (situated just behind the Rohan Shop) which now hosts a walled, open air honesty bookshop, St. Mary’s – a small but perfectly formed church, the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle and various architectural beauties such as the Butter Market in the style of a Doric Temple and the Victorian Gothic Clock Tower.

Hay is also ideally situated for walking and other outdoor activities, lying as it does on the river Wye in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The river provides opportunities for kayaking and canoeing as well as a riverside walk to ‘the Warren’ – a riverside meadow bought by some of the Hay residents for public use to save it from becoming a caravan site.

For more serious walkers, there are the nearby Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains, not to mention Hay Bluff – about 5 minutes drive from the town centre.
The magnificent Offa’s Dyke (the footpath that runs the whole length of Wales) also passes through Hay.

3 Comments

  1. Fi and Pete says:

    Our team at Rohan Hay-on-Wye are delighted that the Hay Literary Festival 2014 and the fashionable ‘How the Light Gets In’ philosophy and music festival at Hay that runs over the same dates, were such successes. Despite the somewhat torrential rain we had this year, it didn’t stop thousands upon thousands of visitors bustling around the crowded streets and busy shops inbetween their events to pick up a cheeky treat or two! We certainly made a difference to the comfort of many of our customers and stylish festival goers who simply needed Rohan Outdoor Gear to keep them warm and dry but without any compromise to their smart looks. If you haven’t already experienced this amazing 10 days in Hay-on-Wye before, we recommend you do, but book early (like now) or you might miss out for 2015! It’s a real treat that lifts your spirits and opens the mind! Hope to see you soon. Team Hay

  2. Fi and Pete says:

    Hello one and all.
    Gift Your Gear ends this Monday, so this is the last weekend to take advantage of this great initiative.
    Bring an item of unwanted outdoor clothing along, regardless of brand, to get 15% off in our shop.
    Charitable organisations that do outdoor work or activities benefit from your generosity, and you benefit from 15% off something new and sparkly (sequins sold separately – we have yet to come up with a sequin covered waterproof jacket).
    Everyone’s a winner.

  3. Fi and Pete says:

    Hi everyone, there are still a few days left of Gift Your Gear so bring in some of your pre-loved items and we will make good use of them, whilst in return giving you 15% off something new and fabulous!
    Thank you for all your support with Gift Your Gear – you’re amazing!
    Fi & Pete Cat & Amanda