Where did I go: Hay-on-Wye, Wales, UK
When did I go: January 2016
We went to Hay-on-Wye, a little village on the English/Welsh border on a rainy Sunday in January.
I have been wanting to visit ever since I found out that it was a “town of books”. Hay-on-Wye (or just “Hay” as it is known by the locals) has dozens of small independent bookshops and is a must-go destination for book lovers.
Over 80,000 people descend on the town during the world famous Hay Literary Festival, but on this Sunday afternoon, the town was completely quiet, save for a few people.
We visited several bookshops – each dedicated to film, railways, poetry, murder mysteries, travel etc. and finally bought a couple of books from the murder mystery book shop.
After to cup of coffee and a sandwich, we also explored the Hay castle, situated right in the middle of the town. It’s undergoing renovation, so you can’t go inside the castle.
Another great feature of Hay is the number of “Honesty shops” scattered around the little town. An Honesty shop is like any other shop, but there is no shopkeeper. You pick your items, and put the “payment” into a little box in the shop. Usually, items on sale are fairly low value – 50p to £1. It entirely relies on the honesty of the general public to make it work.
There was enough time to walk around the town a little bit more and take in the sights – such as this “one way” street – or is it “the other way” street?
A quick stop at the wishing well, and back on the road!