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Day out in Hay-on-Wye question.

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Day out in Hay-on-Wye question.

Hi.

We'll be visiting Hay-on-Wye for a day, during our next Summer holiday. We shall be staying at Whitney-on-Wye that week. I'd like to receive tips, reflections, know how's about a visit to this special town?

How early in the morning it'll be good to arrive? Where would be a good car park ( pay&display, I assume ), not the time limited one?

Are there stores with some specialisation? I'll be looking mainly for poetry... Are there stores selling books in foreign languages? Books for children?

Where should we go for tea&cakes? Some place special?

Is there anything else, children/family friendly, we shouldn't miss?

Thank you very much. Your input is highly appreciated.

Yuri.

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1. Re: Day out in Hay-on-Wye question.

Hi Yuri.

Caveat first - I've only once been to Hay not in festival season, and that was a long while ago, but I think all the below is valid outside the festival too.

Parking: The only major car park I'm aware of outside the festival is at the top of the village, behind the castle and by the school. But it's big, I'd be surprised if it really filled up. Anyway, you want to be there fairly early for a full day book browsing! There are some modern shops up there that, amazingly, don't sell books... There is a gallery that might be more sensibly priced outside the festival, and a very good fudge shop.

The two bookshops I head for first are both generalist but with a lot of stock - Richard Booth's bookshop on Lion St, and the Hay Cinema bookshop on Chapel St heading out of the town. There's also a shop called Hay on Wye Booksellers at the town centre end of Castle St that has a lot of Folio Society books - lovely editions with illustrations and slipcased. expensive when new, but a lot cheaper second hand. I have a vague recollection that Addymans might be the place for poetry, but it's not my special interest so I can't be sure. Don't remember seeing much in other languages.

Food - The Granary and Oscars are both nice places for a light lunch, they are on Google Maps. Not on Google Maps, so I hope it's open out of festival season, is a very nice tea shop on Bear St called the Old Stables.

Edited: 14 October 2016, 20:51
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2. Re: Day out in Hay-on-Wye question.

Thanks for reply. We're not going to visit Hay-on-Wye during the Festival, so hopefully it'll be not as crowded.

I've written down all recommendations.

I hope to have an overweight on our flight back home...

Yuri.

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3. Re: Day out in Hay-on-Wye question.

The car park Astolat refers to is the long-stay one and there's a map you can download with that and the smaller short-stay one, plus a link to the current charges (may have changed by the time of your visit) at:

powys.gov.uk/en/…

There is an online page on the bookshops but as the copyright date is 2014 it may not be current, but there are some website links including at least one of those Astolat mentions:

www.hay-on-wye.co.uk/bookshops/default.asp

and another:

https:/…

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4. Re: Day out in Hay-on-Wye question.

On my only visit to Hay on Wye about 6 years ago I visited The Children's Bookshop wwww.childrensbookshop.com which was stuffed with children's books. I was selling some books there. They have a catalogue online which may help you to see if they have the children's books you want.

There is a shop called The Poetry Bookskop wwww.poetry bookshop.co.uk there catalogue may be interesting to you.

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5. Re: Day out in Hay-on-Wye question.

Cheres. I'm drooling over the links provided. Especially over the one with maps&prints. To live and to die for!

Marmot. Unfortunately, your links don't open.

Thank you very much guys.

Yuri.

P.S. Yesterday we had plenty of good whisky in Tel Aviv, celebrating Robert Zimmerman's Nobel prize for literature. Today, I'm enjoying same Scottish beverage, whilst going over the Hay-on-Wye stores catalogues...

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6. Re: Day out in Hay-on-Wye question.

I'll try again

wwww.childrensbookshop.com

wwww.poetrybookshop.co.uk

Edited: 15 October 2016, 01:15
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7. Re: Day out in Hay-on-Wye question.

Yuri. I hope that you are well.

I had a couple of hours in Hay last month. It was busy even on a wet Tuesday in September. It's popular with walkers.

From memory, you only get one hour's free parking on the street. There is a small (pay) car park in Market Square, but this was full when we were there. The other car park is bigger at the top of the village.

I had a very disappointing visit to the Granary. In a blind taste, you wouldn't know that there was any coffee in their cappuccinos! The building was nice though. All cafes have to be inspected each year by a health inspector and all are rated out of 5, with 5 being the best. Most places are 5, a few are 4 but I have only ever seen one rated 3. The Granary was my second 3. TA shows other better options.

We just spent the time browsing the book shops and galleries. Two hours was plenty of time.

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8. Re: Day out in Hay-on-Wye question.

Last try

www.poetrybookshop.co.uk

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9. Re: Day out in Hay-on-Wye question.

I can't work out why the one about the children's Bookshop doesn't work but if you google Children's Bookshop Hay on Wye it comes up.

My last thought is childrensbookshop.com

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10. Re: Day out in Hay-on-Wye question.

Thank you Marmot. It still doesn't work. The poetry shop link opens as some kind domain designer site. The other one, doesn't open at all. Never mind. I'll have my hands full, once in the store.

Yuri.

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