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.