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Being renovated

Visited on Wednesday 5th June. The whole building is being renovated and can't wait till its open... read more

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Caloundra, Australia
Hay castle is worth a visit

Many castles were built along the Wales-England border in the turbulent centuries after the Norman... read more

Reviewed July 10, 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited on Wednesday 5th June. The whole building is being renovated and can't wait till its open again.

Date of experience: June 2019
2  Thank Michael-4551
Reviewed July 10, 2019

Many castles were built along the Wales-England border in the turbulent centuries after the Norman conquest. Hay Castle is one of very few which has never been left unoccupied since the late 11th century. The first wood-and-earthcastle was built in Hay during the Norman conquest...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed March 31, 2019

Visiting this castle I was so disappointed to find it was shut and completely covered with scaffolding but pleased to note that it was been repaired and will soon be reopened and as beautiful as ever

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Sally F
Reviewed March 12, 2019

Slightly disappointed that we were unable to access the castle due to renovation. I am sure that a future trip will be in order. Hope the renovation goes well. Doug

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed November 1, 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
2  Thank ES1211
Reviewed October 30, 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
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Reviewed September 7, 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 July 20, 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 July 4, 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 May 31, 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
3  Thank Lissel A
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