Hay Castle Trust can happily announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund has just awarded a £4.46 million grant towards the renovation of Hay Castle. This is fantastic news and means that the restoration project is a huge step further towards its goal. For more information please see our News page. We will keep you updated on progress.
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.