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The following book shops are located mostly in or near Hay-on-Wye

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THE CHILDREN'S BOOKSHOP, MAIN BRANCH. (Judith Gardner). Toll Cottage, Pontvaen, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 SEW. Tel: (01497) 821083.
We have more than 15,000 books on all aspects of Children's Literature. Open 9.30 - 5.30 everyday. 1 mile from Hay Car Park on B4350 (Clifford Road).

B. & K. BOOKS (Betty & Karl Showier). 'Riverside', Newport Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, HR3 5BG Tel: (01497) 820386. The specialists in books on Bees, Apiculture & J.H. Fabre. Catalogue on request.

WEST HOUSE BOOKS Broad Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5DB. Tel: (01497) 821225. Admirable General Books. Large and varied stock in most subjects. Browsers most welcome. Usually organised! Large or small collections of quality books purchased. We can travel to you. Open Tues - Sat 10.00 - 5.15 (closed lunch); Sundays 9.30 -5.30. (closed lunch)

MARIJANA DWORSKI BOOKS. Travel & Language Bookshop. 21 Broad Street, Hay-on-Wye, via Hereford HR3 5DB. Tel/fax 01497 820200.
World Travel, The World's Languages (over 200 in stock), English slang, dialect. Russian, East European, Central Asian Studies, Celtica. We purchase single items and collections. Order on-line or by catalogue. Shop open daily.

BROAD ST. ANTIQUE & BOOK CENTRE. 6, Broad St, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, HR3 5DB Tel: (01497) 821919. Open all year April - Oct 10-6, Nov-March 10-5.
Arkenfield Books - History, Crime, & Art.
Les Barrett - Good quality general books and maps.
Alen Harrison - General - esp. Women Writers, Travel Guides. Hancock & Monks - Sheet music, scores, stage & screen.
Matthew Nutt - Collectable/Antiquarian.
Annette Clark - Illustrated Children's books, many firsts.
Phil Bates - Old Penguins, Sixties/Rock/Blues Biogs., Guitar. Christopher Luddington - Specialist in Golf Memorabilia.
Don McNeil - Nat. history and related, Ind. heritage.
Louise Boer - King Arthur - Military - Maritime - Biography. Neptune Books - Maritime Books. Bought & Sold.
Mike Hobday - Railway Books, Models & Relies.
Dr. Robert J Hyde - Antiques, Coins, Medals & Astronomy.
Stuart Gillies - Quality Fiction/Sci-Fi/Lit/Cult/paperbacks.
Black Mountain Books - Western Americana, Native America. Murder in the Corner - Crime & Detective fiction.
Tricia Daniels - Children's Books, Illust., Art, Antiques, Ref, Midas Prints and cards. An Eclectic Selection.
ROSE'S BOOKS (Maria Goddard). 14, Broad Street, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR3 5DB. Tel/Fax: (01497) 820013.
Specialists dealing only in rare and out-of-print children's and illustrated books. Established 21 years. Open daily. Catalogues issued. All books in stock listed on computer database. We buy single items or collections, will travel.

HANCOCK & MONKS 15, Broad Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, HR3 5DB. Tel: (01497) 821784.
e-mail: Books on Music, Sheet Music & Scores. Compact Discs (including secondhand), Cassettes, Video and DVD. Specialists in Classical Music, Films/Shows and Spoken Word. Monthly Catalogue of CDs and Music Books.
Online catalogue at

OUTCAST BOOKS (David Howard). 15A Broad Street (behind Hancock & Monks), Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5DB. Tel: (01497) 820265.
email: Small general secondhand stock, with emphasis on applied social studies, humanistic psychology, psychotherapy and human relations. Open daily, at any time (within reason).

ACEDIA BOOKS & BOOKSEARCHERS. 46, Lion St. All Postal: PO Box 11, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, HR3 5YH. Tel: 0700-0780184. (8a-9p, 7days); Fax: 0700 078-0185. Web: Collected Books (Mainly 20th C. Firsts) Bought & Sold. Also good academic section. Main activity is computerised/Internet Instant Booksearch: Any Book - High Success Rate. 'Phone for search if Shop Closed.

RICHARD BOOTH'S BOOKSHOP. 44, Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AA Tel: (01497) 820322. Fax: (01497) 821150. e-mail:
Internet: http://www. richardbooth. demon. co. uk
Our world-famous shop has books on every subject, and we are constantly buying more - as libraries, collections, or volume by volume to augment our stock of 400,000-plus titles. Founder member of the European BookTownNet Project.
Open Mon - Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 11.30-5.30. Closed on Christmas Day & Easter Sunday.

COOKE AND SONS. Marches Gallery, 2, Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AA. Tel: 01497 822969. Also wellstocked warehouse at Forest Road. Tel: 07831 491 965. A delightful, friendly bookshop with genuine surprises on each shelf. Stories read to under 5's at selected times. Open daily.

ADDYMAN BOOKS. 39, Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, HR3 5AA. Tel: 01497 821136. Fax: 821732.
email: "Addyman's upstairs is like a perfect sitting room ... floor to ceiling modem firsts . . " The Guardian, March 2001. Literature and all other interesting subjects covered. We have a long established, friendly and very fair buying policy and will travel to all areas. Open all hours.

MURDER AND MAYHEM. 5, Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, HR3 5AA. Tel: (01497) 821613. E-mail: Walk or stalk into the world of Detective Fiction, True Crime and Horror. The Baskerville Hound, Christie & Poe welcome you to the most bizarre and outrageously decorated bookshop in Hay-on-Wye. We are always interested in buying hardback and paperback detective fiction. Mon. - Sat. 10.30 - 5.30. Some Sundays.

THE POETRY BOOKSHOP (Chris Prince). The Ice House, Brook St, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BQ. Tel: (01497) 821812. Email The ONLY Bookshop in the U.K. dedicated to Poetry; Modern, Antiquarian, Scholarly, Fine & Small Press books, Foreign, Beat, War, Illustrated, Biography, Criticism, Magazines and a little Quality Literature. Open Apr-Oct, Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5, winter can be variable. Booksearch & Postal Service available. Books Bought,

LION STREET BOOKSHOP (Mark Williams) 1 St. Johns Place, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, HR3 5BN, UK. Tel/Fax: (01497) 820121.
E-mail: Speciality - BOXING - bought and sold. Thousands of Books, magazines, progs, posters, photos, framed items, etc, and regular catalogue produced on the sport. Select general stock also. Opening hours 10-5, 6 days a week. Sundays by appointment or chance.

LION FINE ARTS & BOOKS. (Charles Spencer). 19, Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 SAD. Tel: (01497) 821726. A carefully selected stock of some 2500 books largely non-fiction, hard backed in good condition and historically based, including military, regimental, social, theological, literature, children's, collecting, sporting etc. Fine quality antiques also sold. Not open Sundays. Lunch break 1-2pm.

MARK WESTWOOD BOOKS. Antiquarian Booksellers Association. High Town, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AE. Tel: (01497) 820068. Fax: (01497) 821641. E-mail: Large and varied stock of General, Antiquarian and Scholarly Books, including the Sciences, Medicine, Philosophy, History, Literature and Art. We are interested in buying single items, collections or libraries. Valuations made. Open 10.30 - 5.30 including Sundays.
THE BOOKSHOP. The Pavement, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BU. Tel: (01497) 821341. Prop. R. Thompson. 5 Floors of Books. Over 100,000 Books in Stock, on All Subjects. Open Mon-Sat 9am - 8pm, Sun 11am-5pm. (See also BAG OF BOOKS)

HAY-ON-WYE BOOKSELLERS. 13114, High Town, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford. Tel.. (01497) 820875 Fax: (01497) 847129 Quality secondhand and antiquarian books - large stock - suit scholars, collectors and light-hearted bookworms. Due to expansion we also offer a varied selection of new books at half-price or less. Browsers welcome. We are always interested in buying libraries or small collections. Will travel anywhere. Open every day 9am - 6pm.

FORWOOD'S. 2, Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5DF. Tel: 01497 820539. Fax: 01497 821663. E-mail: Antique prints and maps on a huge range of subjects. Bespoke picture framing with both modern and traditional mouldings. Framing while you wait three days a week. VAT refund scheme where appropriate. World wide postage.
Open Monday to Saturday 9.30 - 5.30. Sunday 10.30 - 5.30.

TOM'S RECORD SHOP 13, Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5DF. Tel: 01497 821590. E-mail The best in new and second hand records, CDs and books for those who love good music. Great Jazz, Blues, Rock, Celtic, World . . . you name it, we might have it ~ if not we can always try and order for you. Web site on its way so you can order over the net. Buy, sell or trade!

BAG OF BOOKS [BOOKENDS], Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye. Tel: 01497 821572. Prop. R. Thompson. All books only 1 each. All subjects. Open every day 9am to 5.30pm. (see also The Bookshop)

C. ARDEN, Bookseller. Church St., Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5DQ. Tel: (01497) 820471. Fax: (01497) 820498. E-mail: Shop dealing in Fine, Illustrated & Academic books on Natural History, Gardening, Botany, & Angling. 3 to 4 Catalogues per year. We also buy books on the above subjects. Open Easter to Christmas, Mon. to Sat. 10.30 - 5.30 & most Sundays (phone first) 11.00 - 4.00.

Y GELLI AUCTIONS. Broad Street, Hay-on-Wye, via Hereford HR3 5DB. Tel: (01497) 821179. Fax: 820978.
Y Gelli Auctions hold regular sales of books, maps and prints in Hay-on-Wye. We are always ready to inspect collections and will arrange transport from anywhere in the UK or Europe. For details contact Michael Bowers, or
HAY CINEMA BOOKSHOP. (Inc. FRANCIS EDWARDS). Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye, via Hereford HR3 5DF
Tel.. (01497) 820071.
Fax: (01497) 821900. e-mail:
Hay-on-Wye's converted cinema carries a running stock of c. 200,000 secondhand books on all subjects. Open (me. Bank Holidays): 9.00am to 7.00pm (Mon.-Sat.; Sun 11.30 to 5.30). Closed Easter Sunday & Christmas Day. Parking for patrons.
GROUND FLOOR. Remainders & Bargain Books, Children's, Sport & Pastimes, Gay/Bi-/Lesbian, Social Sciences, Health, Religion & Esoterica, Philosophy, Languages, Economics, Paperback fiction; Performing Arts, Art, Crafts & Collecting; Science, Medical & Natural History.
FIRST FLOOR. Travel, History, Military, Transport; Literature.
ALSO on the First Floor:
FRANCIS EDWARDS, Specialists in Antiquarian and Rare Books since 1855. Catalogues in all subjects are issued regularly. Francis Edwards has 10,000 Fine Books on display. We purchase single books of importance, collections, or entire libraries of quality secondhand books.

THE STRAND BOOKSHOP & CAFE. Regent Street, Talgarth, Powys, LD3 0DB Tel/Fax: (01874) 711195. 30,000 secondhand paperbacks and hardbacks on all subjects. SPECIALITIES: Natural History, Collectable Paperback Fiction, Sci-Fi & Horror. Small selection of new and used maps. Large selection of greeting cards, gifts, new and used postcards. Open 9 - 4.30 (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Meals available all day.

ANDREW MORTON BOOKS. The Prya Craft and Book Centre, Talgarth, Powys, LD3 0DS. Phone 01874 620086 for opening hours. Fax 01874 620106. Public and Trade Welcome. Over 100,000 books on all Subjects, New and Secondhand. We buy books on any subject and pay top prices. You must also visit our two excellent shops in Brecon.

POLE POSITION BOOKS. Kilvert's School, Clyro - only 1 mile from Hay - easy parking. Motoring and Motor Racing; Driver Biographies, Marque Histories; Rallying: Programmes; Posters; Memorabilia; etc. We buy and sell. Also small 'Kilvert' section. Open Thurs, Fri pm, Sat & Sun or by arrangement - mostly here, give us a ring: 01497 821280.

RARE COMICS & CARDS Tel: (01497) 847538. Fax: (01497) 821058. e-mail: Specialists in Comics, Annuals, Collector Cards, Postcards and Albums (British and American). Wide variety of stock from early 1900's, Buy-ins and Evaluations. 'Wayside', Llowes - (Pink House opposite 'Radnor Arms') Turn left over Hay Bridge onto the A438 two miles down is Llowes.
THE NEW STRAND. Eardisley, Hereford, HR3 6PW. A4111 Kington/Hereford road. 8 miles from Hay. Bookshop/Cafe/Bar. Tel/Fax: (01544) 327285. 30,000 secondhand hard/paperbacks - all subjects. Specialities: Collectable Fiction - Natural History - Children's - large Penguin, Sci-fi, Horror, Detective sections. New & Used maps, stamps, cigarette & Postcards. Open 9.30 till 7. Closed Tuesdays. Good food served all day. Coaches welcome by appointment.

Can't find your book? Visit our internet site and browse over 1,000,000 secondhand books. We have brought together stock from 600 book dealers from around the U.K. including 12 from Hay-on-Wye. Internet novices can pick up a how-to leaflet at Mark Westwood Books.

BOOKSEARCH Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5EA. Concerned SOLELY with FINDING out-of-print books by nontech means since 1978. FEE 4 - 6 per book found & accepted, but nothing to pay if searches are unsuccessful. Send enquiries, with SAE please, to the above address.

JANICE BOWEN 13, Begwyns Bluff, Clyro, Hereford, HR3 5SR. Private Premises. Tel/Fax: 01497 821032 (Evenings). Small specialist stock of social anthropology, ethnography, tribal culture and arts. Regular catalogues and lists. POSTAL BUSINESS ONLY.

THE HAY BINDERS. The Blacksmith's Shop, Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5AD. Tel: 01497 820840 or 01981 510674. A small hand bindery specialising in the repair and rebinding of period and modern books in leather and cloth.

THE WYE GALLERY. (David Maydon and Gregg England) 5 & 5A Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5DF. Tel: (01497) 821163. Antiquarian and signed limited edition prints (mounted and framed). Extensive use of' hand-finished mouldings.
Open Mon. to Sat. 10 - 5. Sunday 11 - 4.

HAY-ON-WYE BOOKS. (THE ADDYMAN ANNEX). 27 Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford. HR3 5DF.
Tel: 01497 821600.
email: We are in the process of creating a very special shop filled with antiquarian and modem literature, art, poetry, fine bindings and carefully selected books in most subjects. Best prices paid for the best items.

THE CHILDREN'S BOOKSHOP No. 2. (Judith Gardner). The Backfold, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5DL. Tel: (01497) 821655. e-mail:
Books for children rather than collectors, predominantly paperbacks. Open 10.00 - 5.30 every day.

HAY CASTLE (Booth Books). Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5DL. Tel: (01497) 820503. Fax: (01497) 821314.
Specializing in books on Photography, American Indians, Humour, Art, Cinema, Transport. Also Antiquarian, Bindings & Bookbinding (repair & rebinding), Prints. International Booktown Centre.
Open Every day 9.30-6pm (April-October)
Every day 9am-5.30 (November-March)
Outdoor 50p bookshop open every day, round the clock.

CASTLE DRIVE BOOKS. Castle Drive, Hay Castle, Hay-on-Wye. Tel: (01568) 780707 Good quality selection of modern publishers' remainders on all subjects, including history, travel, natural history, military, cookery, recent novels and paperbacks, Welsh language &c. &c. Open 10.30 - 5.00.

BACKFOLD BOOKS & BYGONES. Oxford Road, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5DG. Tel: (01497) 820171. Quality general stock esp: C20th literature, poetry, biography, childrens, topography, Welsh interest, observers, paperbacks. Open - Summer: Daily. Winter: Closed January. Books and Bygones bought.

CASTLE STREET BOOKS. 23 Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5DF. Tel: (01497) 820160. Good general selection of secondhand books. New books, O.S. Maps, Guides, Cards, Stationery and Art Materials. For personal service call and see us. Mon. - Sat. 10 - 5.30 (Lunch 1-2). Sunday open 11-5.

BOZ BOOKS. (Peter Harries) Antiquarian Booksellers Association. 13a, Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5DF. Tel/Fax: (01497) 821277. Speciality in Dickens and nineteenth century authors. First Editions and Fine literary sets. Fine bindings & Antiquarian bought. Valuations arranged. Opening Mon - Sat 10 - 1, 2 - 5. Times subject to variation November to March - advisable to phone. Catalogue on

HAY TOURIST INFORMATION BUREAU. Oxford Road, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5DG. Tel: (01497) 820144. Accommodation Guide and Information supplied on request. Open throughout the year, 7 days a week. Easter to October 10.00 - 5.00, November to April 11.00 - 4.00. (Closed for lunch). Closed Christmas and New Yeas.

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