The Famous Old Black Lion is privately owned and personally managed by the resident proprietor Dolan Leighton who very much looks forward to welcoming you as her guest.
This colourful 17th Century Inn, parts of which date back to the 1300's, is situated close to what was known as the Lion Gate, one of the original entrances to the old walled town of Hay-on-Wye.
The Famous Old Black Lion, located very close to the centre of Hay on Wye exudes historical charm and atmosphere and it is reputed that Oliver Cromwell stayed at the Inn whilst the Roundheads besieged Hay Castle, which was then a loyalist stronghold.
The Marches town of Hay on Wye is located within some of the most breathtaking scenery in Wales . The town lies on the east bank of the River Wye and is within the Brecon Beacons National Park, just north of the Black Mountains. Hay on Wye is situated within the Welsh side of the border with Herefordshire, England.
Hay-on-Wye is an international destination for bibliophiles, with over thirty bookshops, many selling specialist and second-hand books. There are also many boutique shops and the popular markets are held every Thursday offering something for everyone.