We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Closed for restoration

The castle is closed for restoration until 2020. There is not much to see as the castle is covered... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2018
Reading, United Kingdom
Lovely town with a castle

Ruins of a early 13th century castle that can be viewed from outside. Guided tours are offered... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2018
Ashford, United Kingdom
via mobile
Read all 57 reviews
All photos (24)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent15%
  • Very good49%
  • Average29%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Castle St, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5DF, Wales
Improve This Listing
Reviews (57)
Filter reviews
54 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews guided tour open to the public lottery funding outer walls book shelves worth a visit look forward lovely town honesty book small town renovation ruin centuries thursday century hay derelict
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 54 reviews
Reviewed 1 November 2018

The castle is closed for restoration until 2020. There is not much to see as the castle is covered in scaffolding and shrouded in plastic. The honesty bookshop under the castle terrace is still open.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ES1211
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

Ruins of a early 13th century castle that can be viewed from outside. Guided tours are offered. Lovely town with a castle, its worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rayrest
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Although it's under reconstruction at the moment will be beautiful when completed looking forward to coming back to see the finishing result .

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Shazzy574
Reviewed 20 July 2018

Hay is a small, pretty town on the border of Wales and England and is renowned for the 10-day literature festival from May to June. Consequently, there are lots of book shops, though that doesn't necessarily mean they exist because of the festival, just the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Ingleborough1359
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

What a beautiful castle it once was, now sadly this is derelict. Awaiting lottery funding to rebuild. It will look amazing once done - and we will defo come back for another visit. Lovely little honesty book sale in the grounds.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Helennurse1980
Reviewed 31 May 2018

My review is more about the honesty bookstalls at the castle. My visit to Hay was predominantly for the antiques and books, and while many people mention the honesty stalls on lower level the inside of the outer walls, very few mentioned the other honesty...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank Lissel A
Reviewed 29 April 2018

This castle is in a poor state, and not open to the public at present. It is in an elevated position, with many steps up to the door. There was an honesty box, for purchasing old books, at £1 each, from the book shelves, in...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank cazm652015
Reviewed 8 April 2018

Stopping off in Hay-on-Wye for lunch we stretched our legs with around the outside of the Hay Castle ruins. Whilst you can't get up close to the ruins as they are unstable and currently under going remedial work, you can walk around them and through...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank 923Dan
Reviewed 17 March 2018

I hate to see old castles turned into 'chocolate box attractions'. This one is fairly understated and not part of an 'experience' with all that surrounds such things (gift shops, coach parks etc etc). Just an atmospheric old ruined castle in a small border town,...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Donsafe
Reviewed 21 February 2018

I love Hay-On-Wye.... and this is why. The beautiful, quirky building and all this history packed into one village. I always make a stop here on my way through.I always tell my guests to go here, and Its a must for anyone who enjoys History.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Emily H
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
The Swan at Hay
577 reviews
.16 miles away
Rhydspence Inn
176 reviews
3.53 miles away
The Three Cocks Coaching Inn
200 reviews
4.45 miles away
Llangoed Hall
753 reviews
6.92 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 35 nearby restaurants
St John's Place
191 reviews
.08 miles away
Tomatitos Tapas Bar
735 reviews
.08 miles away
Richard Booth s Bookshop Cafe
447 reviews
.07 miles away
Shepherds Parlour
290 reviews
.03 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 27 nearby attractions
The Warren
74 reviews
.50 miles away
Hay On Wye Thursday Market Day
68 reviews
.20 miles away
Brook Street Pottery & Gallery
20 reviews
.13 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Hay Castle staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines