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Fun and cheap but not a great selection

This is a cute series of shelves set out below Hay Castle with an honesty box for your cash. You... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
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Good selection of books both below the castle and up at the top. very cheap and donation is made... read more

Reviewed April 22, 2017
Brighouse, United Kingdom
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Combine a love of reading with history at this unique bookstore that is housed in an entire 12th-century castle.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good30%
  • Average22%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Hay-on-Wye, Wales
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a cute series of shelves set out below Hay Castle with an honesty box for your cash. You might find a gem here, or you might not!

Thank Baker_Bowie
Reviewed April 22, 2017

Good selection of books both below the castle and up at the top. very cheap and donation is made by honesty box. At £1 per paperback you cant go wrong. lovely view from the top and nice garden at the rear.

Thank Purplebeth
Reviewed March 19, 2017

Enjoyed seeing all the books when we walked through the gate.It works on an honesty box payment scheme. Only 50p a paperback and £1 a hardback. Bargains!

Thank KerryShell
Reviewed November 11, 2016 via mobile

Good selection of books,in the heart of the historic Hay on Wye. A place on many levels. Lots of history, with this old building

Thank James S
Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Unusual to say the least - unless you look through the castle gate you would not realise the either side of the wall are bookshelves built onto the wall. All books are used, but there is a pretty good selection, more so if you are...More

Thank Scene-set
Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

The whole concept of an "honest bookshop" is great. This was my first visit of one and I loved it. There is actually quite a selection of books of many different genres, although you probably need some luck to find exactly what you were looking...More

Thank Tessa M
Reviewed September 4, 2016

Honesty book store at base of castle, lovely grounds to then sit and read. Can wander around castle with nice views of town. Very relaxing.

Thank XingChi
Reviewed August 30, 2016

what a great bookshop. could spend here ages. my favourite subjects were catered for much more than expected. prices were reasonable. something for all book lovers.

Thank longpaw
Reviewed August 19, 2016

Love this it retains that essential quirkiness needed for second hand book places. Have found some real gems here over the years.Iit's a little smaller than it used to be do hope it will continue when the work n the Castle starts it's a lovely...More

Thank Rhiannon-Jane R
Reviewed August 18, 2016

Spent quiet a few hours browsing through the second-hand books on the shelves and had quite a pile of books by the time I had finished. All books are reasonable and I didn't pay more than a pound for each book. The honesty box is...More

Thank Louise M
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