Hay On Wye Booksellers
Hay On Wye Booksellers
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The Chunky Traveller.
Ballarat, Australia163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
A town full of bookshops…with a castle.
This pretty little town on the border of Wales and England is well worth a visit for any book lovers out there. There are a huge number of bookshops with nearly every genre covered, both second hand and new. We spent a day here, but could easily have spent longer.
The only issue here was the map was confusing at times, leading to some rambling walks outside of town. The walks were not an issue for me personally but with my kids, walking along narrow lanes to the kids book shop (I would have driven if I’d know how far it was) with the way some of the idiots drove down the roads, it was hairy at times. An indication on the map of distances out of town would be helpful here.
The castle is a nice bonus. We stopped for some tea and a welsh tea cake (give that one a go, you’ll thank me), and explored the castle which took about an hour. There is a weird video at the start but unless you already know a little about the castle’s history it is useless.
With a quirky history, including a bid to become a republic it’s a fun place to visit.
Be prepared for hills.
Written July 3, 2022
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DSFLM
Shropshire, UK83 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
An attractive town centre with lots of bookshops and quaint craft shops to browse and wander round. However, I was a little disappointed in the Hay bookshops generally, as I had an antique book in mind that I wanted to look at and check, and buy if it was the correct edition (including an engraving by my ancestor). One of the booksellers advertised online they had the book, but on arrival I was abruptly informed it was not in the shop, but in a warehouse somewhere, and offered no further assistance. I would have thought booklovers /sellers would have a bit more enthusiasm and knowledge and want to help customers.

Some of the shops did not seem to have catalogues or inventories of their stock, so another book I was looking for (Railways of the Raj) I was unable to find. However, the staff in one of the bookshops (Booths) were much more helpful and friendly, and were able to check stock on their database to save me a lot of time looking. If you are travelling some distance to look for specific titles, it is worth checking beforehand that the books are actually available on the premises.
Written September 6, 2021
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longshanks31
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
it is a lovely little town for us book worms. chance to find books rare and special books.

but one thing is strange; they dont want buy your books, not even look at them !

tried to sell them back few books i had purchased year before.

why the signs `we buy books` ???
Written July 28, 2018
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Mindmagician
Leeds, WestYorkshire14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Business
Just returned from a trip with my wife to Hay-on-Wye, and one of the main reasons for going there is because it is renowned for the most number of second hand book shops in any one place. This is the second time we have visited the town, the first time was about 15 years ago where we happened to come across Hay purely by accident as we were staying at a hotel a few miles away and we remembered this was the place to go for any books we had to sell, How wrong could we be???
Both my wife and I have always been big readers and I have quite a fair collection of books, mostly on a spiritual nature, but also on various different subjects. We thought this would be the place to go to, at least get something back for all the money we have spent over the years. I realise the shops are there to do business and they all advertise they buy books. I cannot tell you how disappointed we were, travelling down from Leeds; West Yorkshire with nine creates of books, most of the shops weren’t even interested to take a look. They would have been if we had antiquarian 1st editions or any they consider of real value, but not for anything else.
One particular bookshop I think the biggest there ‘The Hay Cinema Bookshop’ on a cursory glance offered us £20 for all of them, this would have worked out less than an old English farthing for each book. When my wife said for that it would be better to take them to a charity shop where any money they get would go to a good cause, at which point the owner said don’t take them to any of the charity shops in Hay. Without explaining himself the reason he said this was more than obvious.
There is no doubt Hay-on-Wye is a place well worth visiting but if you have it in mind to go there to sell any books, it is not worth the time or trouble. Very disappointed!
Written July 7, 2016
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MrRaconteur
London48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
I recall going to Hay 20 years ago and finding the bookshops expensive. Not sure if my expectations have changed or the prices in Hay have been moderated but I found plenty of books I had been searching for at reasonable prices. We had a lovely lunch in a cafe and looked at the Thursday market too. In all an enjoyable morning. I was slightly surprised by the number of empty shops and shops for sale so I do hope these will soon be filled with more bookshops!
Written July 28, 2019
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Mrs. B
Brynmawr, UK144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Lost an hour in here, could have spent far more time. Amazing selection of books and easy to find system in place (which is more than I can say for some of the other bookshops). Wish I could have bought the £900 1st edition Tolkien...

Staff on desk could have been more pleasant, a little surly and annoyed we interrupted her phone call.
Written June 22, 2019
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J_Jarndyce
County Durham, UK727 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
This is not the largest or the neatest book shop in Hay but it has some fantastic material and good bargains if you look carefully.
Written June 5, 2018
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Tony H
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Family
Took all family including baby buggy and explored bookshop. Loads of choice and specialist areas such as architecture and garden design had excellent choice. Also loved the model buses! Will return!!
Written March 3, 2018
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sheepygold
london5,605 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
This place is one of the larger bookshops in Hay and it has a mix of old and brand new books on all sorts of subjects. I was after some second hand books and found a couple of interest but they were more than twice what I would expect to pay for books in their condition so left disappointed.
Written October 15, 2017
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springchick32
Solihull, UK152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was book central. So many lovely book shops specialising in all sorts. They also had a cinema bookshop, children's bookshop, crime & thriller book shops. So many to see, Castle was amazing, craft shops, lots of cafes, and a few restaurants. The views were amazing, too. It's definitely worth a visit. Also the market was very good, and seeing the waterfall. Definitely got my steps in with alot of walking and fresh air. Loads of places centrally to stay with carpark or camping sites nearby. Sea the Black Mountains nearby amazing views. Lots of places to eat too.
Written March 14, 2024
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