Honesty Bookshop


Hay-on-Wye Store Hay Castle, Oxford Road, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5DG, UK


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  • World-famous, open air bookeshop.
  • Operates on an honesty system of payment.
  • Located in the "the town of books".

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Hay-on-Wye, a town on the Welsh borders know as the “Town of Books” is home to the annual Hay literary Festival. Famous for its many bookshops, we are completely charmed by Hay Castle’s Honesty Bookshop established in the 1960s. Open-air shelves propped against the castle’s walls are filled with all manner of second-hand books which are paid for by placing the requisite change in a honesty box. However the Hay Castle Trust is exploring "tap and pay" options to bring this 1960s curio into the 21st century.

"The world-famous Honesty Bookshop in the grounds of Hay Castle allows intrepid al fresco readers the opportunity to grab a bargain."

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