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.


  1. Rohan Hay-on-Wye says:

    The Hay Festival and ‘How the Light Gets In’ is spectacularly upon us!
    Hay-on-Wye is alive and buzzing with guest speakers, ideas, music, entertainment, arts, philosophy, poetry, history, a vintage fairground and theatrical circus.
    Come and join the fun and whilst you’re here pop in to see us and we’ll give you a festival discount on all those items you’ve had your eye on for a while.
    Hope to see you soon….
    Pete, Fi, Cat, Amanda and Julia.

  2. Rohan Hay-on-Wye says:

    After the excitment of the Solar Eclipse last week, here in Rohan Hay-on-Wye, we are eagerly awaiting the Dark Skies Festival which is running from 17th-19th April. It will be its second year after a successful launch in 2014. The weekend of astronomy is for everyone of all ages. See the stars, talk with experts and explore the wonders of the Brecon Beacons Dark Skies Reserve with a full programme of events from stargazing, photography, rocket building, planetarium lectures and much more. Whilst you’re here you could also visit the new Observatory at The National Park Visitor Centre
    Rohan Hay-on-Wye are sponsoring Lecture 3 in The Swan Hotel, Hay-on-Wye on Sunday 19th April at 11am – Astrophotography – Lecture by Martin Griffiths, South Wales University. The lecture will show the audience how to take quality images of the night sky with just basic equipment available to everyone and will show what photography with a small telescope can accomplish. It would be lovely to meet up with some of you at the event or indeed visit us in the shop where we will be happy to offer 10% discount off your purchase when you mention this post. For a programme of events and to book tickets, visit
    We look forward to seeing you soon,
    Pete, Fi, Cat, Amanda and Julia.

  3. Rohan Hay-on-Wye says:

    At last, spring has sprung. It’s starting to feel as springy as Zebedee on a trampoline. Delivered in the same post as spring was the new Rohan catalogue, and with it the start of this year’s Gift Your Gear. Bring your unwanted outdoor gear here to Rohan Hay-on-Wye, and as a thank you we will offer you 15% off any of the new or current range. The outdoor clothes you bring in will then be donated to UK based charities who will re-use them in the course of their outdoor projects.
    What could be better? You get 15% off some spanking new outdoor kit, and you do your good deed for the day by donating a very useful bit of outdoor equipment to a very worthy and grateful UK based charity.
    Thank you in advance,
    Us here at Rohan Hay-on-Wye (“The Hay Team”)

  4. Rohan Hay-on-Wye says:

    Why not pop along to Rohan Hay-on-Wye this weekend and take a look at the new collection that is landing on our shop floor! It’s fabulous.
    Whilst you are here you might also be interested that on Saturday (21st February) at 10am – 4pm the Hay Castle Trust and architects appointed to restore Hay Castle will be present for an information day for the public that are interested in the Castle resoration project, including historical research,
    conservation challenges and the architects’ concepts.
    Special presentations will be made by the architects at 11am and 2pm for which you need to reserve a space by emailing or call 01497 820 079. The display materials can be viewed at Richard Booth’s bookshop the following week.
    We hope to see you soon.
    Pete, Fi, Cat, Amanda and Julia

  5. Rohan Hay-on-Wye says:

    Come and have a look at our new selection of outdoor and travel clothes.
    Even though the winter season is over, because it’s still cold and wet we do still have a good selection of warmer trousers, shirts, fleeces and down jackets, but the star of the show is the new cross seaonal range.
    My faves so far are the new Escapist waterproof jacket, the smart, insect repellent and amazingly comfortable Sentry Trousers, and the fabulously functional, fabulously good looking, fabulously comfortable and even more fabulously priced Fenland Shirt. And yes, i did wear them to drive 200 miles each way to my brother’s birthday party last weekend, when they performed wonderfully in the car and restaurant. I didn’t need the insect repellancy, but they were just the job looks and comfort wise.

  6. Rohan Hay-on-Wye says:

    If, like me, you still have more Christmas gifts to buy than you dare think about you’d best get your skates on.
    But don’t despair, we’ve got plenty of ideas here at Rohan Hay-on-Wye. Come and get your loved one that bit of outdoor gear they really need (or more importantly, want). We have waterproof jackets, waterproof trousers, fleeces, and lots of other things. As my gran used to say “We’re short of nowt we’ve got.”
    We now also have a large range of accessories which would make perfect stocking fillers, including Leatherman and Victorinox knives, Petzl headtorches and Maglites, amonst other things.
    Come and have a look. We’ve even got our lanterns lit outside to light your way to us. They’re worth a look on their own.
    See you soon.
    The Hay Team

  7. Rohan Hay-on-Wye says:

    Now is the perfect time to get your winter outdoor gear, for “Winter Warmers” has started. For those of you who haven’t enjoyed this promotion in previous years it means two things. Firstly, that winter is finally here and Christmas is quickly galloping up on the rails faster than Shergar, and then in a few weeks will have disappeared just as quickly. Secondly, that we have plenty of winter essentials with a fantastic 20% off. With the weather having just deteriorated and being set to get colder and colder (according to the Met Office, if you can believe them) it’s the perfect opportunity to wrap yourselves up and make sure you stay toasty whilst saving yourself some money at the same time. Alternatively, if you’re feeling like the newly converted Ebeneezer Scrooge on Christmas morning, it’s a great time to get some expensive looking prezzies that your loved ones will be eternally grateful for when everybody apart from you and them is shivering on the boxing day walk. You don’t have to tell them you bought them when they were reduced.

  8. Fi and Pete says:

    Well that’s it! The 5L flask for the mulled wine and the delicious home made mince pies from Charlotte at the Sandwich Cellar (on Backfold, just behind the Rohan Hay-on-Wye shop on Castle Street) have been ordered, ready to be delivered to us in time for our Christmas event weekend from Friday 28th November until Sunday 2nd December. We will have plenty for everyone throughout the weekend, starting on the Friday evening to coincide with the turning on of the Hay Christmas lights. You will find us in our warm, cosy little shop waiting to greet you with hot drinks and nibbles throughout the whole weekend. On Friday evening we will also be down at the Market Square in the marquee amongst all the Christmas cheer in anticipation of the Christmas lights being turned on in the town. On Saturday the marquee will hold its annual Winter Food Festival whare you can sample and buy all sorts of goodies, and on Sunday the ever popular Vintage Festival will be in full swing again! A fantasic weekend for all the family with events being held throughout the town in the shops, Swan Hotel and Castle, including talks and book signings, dance classes, crafts, tours of the Castle and local area, workshops and music – there’s plenty to keep everyone, from the nippers to oldies, entertained. We hope to see you soon for a magical start to Christmas 2014.
    Pete, Fi, Cat, Amanda and Julia.

  9. Fi and Pete says:

    It’s that time of year again. Cold, crisp mornings, that exhilarating nip in the air, frost giving a magical silvery sparkle to your car’s windscreen, the building panic about what to buy for that awkward family member’s Christmas present.
    That must also mean it’s nearly time for the Hay Festival Winter Weekend – the not so awkward family member of the world famous Hay Festival. Running from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th November it is the perfect weekend to visit Hay-on-Wye, when there will be a plethora of talks and other events to interest and entertain everyone, from the young to those of us with a bit more life experience.
    Here at Rohan Hay-on-Wye we will have mince pies and mulled wine to either help to enhance the Christmas cheer or help you through the pain of Christmas shopping, depending on your point of view. We will also, of course, have plenty of gift ideas from much needed waterproof jackets and trousers, fleeces and merino wool base layers to a vast array of stocking fillers from our ever increasing accessories range.
    Come along and join in the Christmas fun/hell and put our mulled wine to good use, one way or the other.
    The Hay Team

  10. Fi and Pete says:

    Rohan in Hay-on-Wye are enjoying meeting many walkers this week who have come to Hay-on-Wye to join the full and varied programme of walks during the Walking Festival. There is something to suit everybody, from serious walkers wanting a full day out on the hills, to those who want to learn about the lanscape and history of the area. If you are able to come along this weekend don’t forget to pop in, say hello and take advantage of our 10% Walking Festival discount by mentioning this post. You will find Rohan Hay-on-Wye at the top end of Castle Street where we will be happy to welcome you to the cutest little Rohan shop in the quaintest little town of Hay-on-Wye.
    Fi, Pete, Cat, Amanda and Julia

  11. Fi and Pete says:

    Rohan in Hay-on-Wye are looking forward to the Hay Walking Festival which is almost upon us! The festival runs over five days running from Wednesday 8th – Sunday 12th October and offers 40 brilliant walks with lots of local interest. Book in advance to avoid disappointment at If you’ve already planned to come over to Hay to see us during these dates, then maybe you could take advantage of the walks on offer, and if you’ve already booked to come to the festival, then why not call in and see us. Simply come in to say hello or take advantage of our full Rohan outdoor clothing collection to stock up and make your walk more comfortable and a lot more stylish!
    We look forward to your visit.
    Pete, Fi and The Hay Team

  12. Fi and Pete says:

    Rohan Hay-on-Wye are happy to mark Mali Independence day with the rest of our community and to celebrate our very special link with Timbuktu. The Malian Honourary Consul are here in town for the week with a film night planned at the Globe. If you’d like anymore information on the twinning of Hay and Timbuktu you can visit the website: or drop in and see us here in the Rohan shop on Castle Street and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.
    Team Hay

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

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