If you are looking for a good read on your next holiday, there’s no better spot than Hay-on-Wye, Wales. The bookstores in this charming Welsh town are, in a word, exquisite. A travel destination fit for serious literature lovers, the Hay-on-Wye, Wales bookstores will give you more culture than you could have imagined on holiday.
Should you find yourself about four hours west of London someday, take a walk around these lovely bookshops:
Browse the hand-picked stock of Addyman Annexe for a quirky selection of books from many genres – from antiques and collecting to classics to (tasteful, we’re sure) erotica. This shop is truly the crown jewel in the crown of a famous book town. Addyman prides itself in selling books to suit all pockets – stop in for a read that will set you back as little as A$2.
This long-established bookshop is coveted for its collection of books on cinematography. Film buffs converge at this open-air bookshop set in landscaped gardens. Dogs are welcomed at Hay Cinema Bookshop, and despite its lawn-side location, it is wheelchair accessible.
The town’s creepiest book shop by far, Murder and Mayhem specialises in the detective fiction, true crime and horror genres. Whether you enjoy fantastical reads, or are simply a fan of the fantastical, take a trip to Murder and Mayhem. Outrageous decorations inside may distract you from your true purpose, but we’re confident you can hunt down a good read in this one-of-a-kind bookshop.
For old world charm with a whimsical twist, visit Rose’s Books (of the small chain – believe it or not – called Stella & Rose’s Books). This shop is the town’s largest proprietor of rare and out-of-print children’s and illustrated books. The store currently stocks more than 12,000 books and is sure to have the book you desire, be it the perfect gift or a personal treasure.
Actually, we made this name up – but it might as well be an established brand. This town loves to read, and pop-up book festivals are common in the summertime. Take a tour around the town and you are sure to see many street-side salesmen ready to start an impromptu book club.
The village even hosts the annual Hay Literary Festival (one of many amazing festivals in England). This week of fun, food, and (of course) fiction takes place in early June each year. The 2016 festival will last from 26 May – 5 June.
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