Way way back in November we took a short break in the Forest of Dean. The weather was terrible but we enjoyed being holed up in a cottage and since we were less than an hours drive from Hay in Wales we went for a visit on one of the only dry days during the whole trip.
Hay-On-Wye is famous for having over 30 bookshops packed into a tiny village in the middle of the country. The majority of the bookshops sell second hand or specialist books making it somewhat of a haven for bibliophiles.
The village itself is very pretty and there are quite a few teashops and cafes which cater for the tourists that flock there. The bookshops themselves look tiny from the outside but when you enter you are surrounded by thousands of books. A typical bookshop has 2-3 floors crammed with books of all descriptions, shelves go all around and up the staircases and the floorspaces are often so narrow that one of us would have to stand outside shops with the buggy while the other person went in to browse.
Our favorite shop is the one pictured above. It wasn't our favourite because of its selection of books or its creepy basement (think the library in Ghostbusters) but rather because the three floors all had very buggy friendly wide floor space and because they had a little area where children are encouraged to sit and look through the books on offer (then nag their parents to buy them)
In the end we came away with only 6 books between us. When there are THAT many books, quite often in no particular order, it can get overwelming. My finds were purchased from the smallest shop we visited. The books aren't eaxactly cheap for second hand books and prices ranged from £2.50 to £6 but the fun is in looking around, enjoying the atmosphere and eating the homemade jam in the teashops.
Posted by Jess