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Address: Hay-on-Wye, Wales
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Combine a love of reading with history at this unique bookstore that is...

Combine a love of reading with history at this unique bookstore that is housed in an entire 12th-century castle.

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I found the whole honesty bookshop quite strange but it must work and restored my faith in humanity. Closer to the castle there is also an honesty bric-a-brac shop which runs on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
SteveS1970
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 spot especially on a sunny evening and nice to be trusted with the honsety box... More 

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 a lovely idea, but the only trouble is you had to have the right change!... More 

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Thank Louise M
Coventry, United Kingdom
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457 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I found the whole honesty bookshop quite strange but it must work and restored my faith in humanity. Closer to the castle there is also an honesty bric-a-brac shop which runs on the same principal. Great idea to extend a books life!

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Thank SteveS1970
Oxford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Lot of used books, mainly novels and textbooks. Hard back books are 1GBP and paper backs are 50c. All proceeds go toward the restoration of the castle.

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Thank TLo2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Enjoyed looking through the eclectic collection of books whilst visiting the Hay on Wye festival this year. If you need an Amiga A500 manual - there's one here!

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Thank James L
Caerphilly
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

After a fabulous morning at the book festival where we listened to Bridget Kendall, war correspondent,we headed to this wonderful venue. Very quirky ,so interesting but well signed sections,a large wall map to assist,enabling us to find the books we needed. Librarian was most helpful.... Pleased to hear how busy she had been,obviously enjoys her job. Thankyou for the welcome,we... More 

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Thank Christine658
London, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

This was a particularly lovely bookshop with very helpful staff. It was perhaps not the biggest but was laid out well and it was easy to find the sections I was interested in.

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Thank Angela R
Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

In this world of planned, armchair, Internet purchase, it's fun to browse, outside in the fresh air, standing up and randomly happen upon a book you never knew existed. Try it!

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Thank Sarah M
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
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137 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

we were told you had to go to this town and this store in particular, yes it's got books, but unless you can't find a certain book online or you have a passion to look at books all daylong, there are far more interesting and unique things to do in the area

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Thank Kathleen S
Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Lovely shop. Great knowledgable staff. Nothing is to much. Simple. Nice mixture of books, this is my first stop if I'm looking for that something special. If your in Hay go there.

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Thank Bruce D

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