Hay Castle Restoration Project


The work to repair and restore Hay Castle has begun! The appointed contractor, John Weaver Conservation, arrived on site and commenced works on 4th June 2018. John Weaver Conservation will work with Hay Castle Trust and Rick Mather Architects on the project, which will result in an important centre for the arts and learning and a valuable community asset. 

Based in Swansea, John Weaver Conservation is known for both new builds and their conservation expertise and craftsmanship. Their previous works include high-profile heritage projects including Glyn Vivian Art Gallery, Llanelly House, the Guildhall Swansea, and Prince Charles’ Welsh home Llwynywermwood.

To see photos of the restoration as it happens please click here


Please click here to view the architects plans for the restoration. These include a new roof on the derelict section, a platform in the tower, a gallery, a Clore Learning Space, a bookshop and a cafe.

Below is a fly-through animation created by architects RMA showing the proposed renovations.


A Vision for Hay Castle

Hay Castle sets the imagination soaring. Once a great medieval stronghold, the castle and the grounds in the heart of mid-Wales are alive with possibilities once again.

For a thousand years, this remarkable structure has been part of the landscape. Part Norman, part Jacobean and part Victorian, Hay Castle has been a home to invaders, patriots’ citadel, country manor and a world-famous bookshop.  The castle stands in the heart of Hay-on-Wye — sometimes called the Town of Books — site of the Hay Literary Festival, which for ten days every year attracts the most exciting writers, thinkers and artists to inspire and entertains hundreds of thousands of visitors.  Building on this creative tradition, Hay Castle is about to take on a new life — as a major centre for culture, arts and education.




Hay Castle is now closed until 2020 while building work takes place

Hay Castle Trust is a registered charity that was formed in 2011 to preserve this historic site and provide a future of cultural enrichment, educational opportunities and community enjoyment.
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