Hay-on-Wye is the internationally famous 'town of books', situated in a magical location on the edge of the Black Mountains. It's also the home of HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's first philosophy and music festival, which has just completed its seventh outing.


HowTheLightGetsIn 2015 took place across 2 festival sites that included a number of venues all offering exciting events throughout the ten-day period.


If you've been to Hay, you'll know why this small town draws US Presidents and Nobel prize-winners, critics and intellectuals alike into its orbit. If you haven't, it's time to see what all the fuss is about.



Getting to Hay

Our postcode: HR3 5BG.
The site address is: HowTheLightGetsIn, globe at hay, Newport Street, Hay on Wye, Hereford



By Train / Bus

The nearest railway station is Hereford, about twenty miles away. Our Travel Partner First Great Western runs direct trains to Hereford. Purchase tickets at firstgreatwestern.co.uk. The bus service from Hereford and Brecon to Hay-on-Wye (39 or 39A) is frequent with additional services for the period of the festival.


By coach

National Express run coaches to Hay from London Victoria, London Heathrow, Cirencester and Gloucester, Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham and Worcester.


By car

Hay-on-Wye is situated between Brecon and Hereford, off the A345. You will find the Riverside festival site, and parking for HowTheLightGetsIn, as you enter Hay from Clyro and Hereford. For the Globe Site cross the bridge over the River Wye into Hay, turn left and the festival site is at once apparent.



Parking is available in the Riverside Car Park accessed by the North Gate on the Riverside site. See our Riverside Site map for details.



Getting Around


Julie’s Taxis 07899 846 592

A2B Taxis 01874 658 899

A1 Cabs 07910 931 999

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