Hay Castle Restoration Project


Hay Castle Trust are currently tendering for a construction company.  It is expected that a contractor will be appointed this Autumn, with work to commence in October/November. 

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 learning space, an events room and a cafe in the coach house.


News from 2016


Brecon Beacons National Park Authority gave the green light this week to Hay Castle Trust’s plans to restore Hay Castle. The project will ensure that the building is saved for the nation as well as for the community, and will allow the public to enjoy full access across the site for the first time in over 800 years.

NEWS - May 26th 2016

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.



Visit Hay Castle and have your say in the future of this ancient monument.

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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