There’s A Village In Wales That Is Basically One Big Library

Book your holiday now.

1. This is the Welsh village of Hay-on-Wye.

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2. It’s got a lovely castle.

3. There are plenty of adorable cafes and antique shops.

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4. Plus lots of deliciously, locally sourced food.

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5. But that’s not why you’re here, now is it?

6. Because charming as the rest of it is… the thing that Hay-on-Wye does better than anywhere else…

7. … is books.

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8. Hay-on-Wye is the world’s largest second-hand and antiquarian book centre.

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9. It’s got some of the most charming bookshops in the world.

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10. And some of the creepiest.


11. In case the shops on every corner don’t do it for you…

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12. … the village is full secret spots to pick up a new read.

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13. Hay-on-Wye has several unmanned “honesty bookshops.”

14. Like this one…

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15. … with its outdoor shelves lining the outer walls of the castle.

16. Perfection.

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17. And lots of pop-up sales.

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18. The village hosts the annual Hay Literary Festival, bringing in lots of acclaimed writers.

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19. And more importantly, THESE CHAIRS.

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20. There are tiny, perfect outdoor shelves everywhere.


21. The village’s main export must be bookshelf porn.

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22. I mean, honestly.

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23. Just shut up and take my money, Hay-on-Wye.

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24. There are so many bucket list bookshops.

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25. With so much history and ambience, you could probably spend a year in each one.

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26. You could seriously camp out here forever.

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27. You might as well pick up and move there right now.

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28. Because Hay-on-Wye gets you.

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The Hay Festival runs 21-31 May 2015.

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Chelsey Pippin is commissioning editor for features at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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