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


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:

    High above the dawn is waking,
    And my tears are falling rain,
    For the carnival is over,
    but unlike The Seekers, we will meet again, same time, same place next year.

    Thank you to all those of you who came to and supported us through the Hay Festival. We hope you all enjoyed it. We certainly did, even if we are now completely exhausted and more than a bit frazzled. If you didn’t make it, you really should come next year. The atmosphere in town is fantastic, and there really is something for everybody.
    Although the Festival is over summer is just starting, with today being the meteorological first day of summer. To help things along a bit we’re in the middle of our “Summer Essentials” promotion, with 20% off selected summer items. So come along and grab yourself a bargain whilst preparing for the impending flag-cracking weather. Or for the less optimistic of us, the waterproof Elite Jacket also has 20% off. Oh, ye of little faith…

  2. Rohan Hay-on-Wye says:

    The “Hay Festival” and “How The Light Gets in” festival are well and truly under way here at Hay-on-Wye with talks and events on subjects as far reaching as politics, history, philosophy, literature, and every other subject you can think of. Not to mention numerous stand up comedians and world famous bands – The highlight for some being Texas who will be entertaining tonight. The town is buzzing and all sorts of famous faces are wandering around town.
    We still have a week of the two concurrently running festivals to look forward to, so come along and experience for yourself the fantastic atmosphere that the festivals bring to a town that is already world famous for its attractions and atmosphere.
    As an extra little bonus we at Rohan Hay-on-Wye have entered in the festival spirit and are offering a warm welcome and an even warmer festival discount, so come along and join in the fun.

  3. 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.

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