Celebrating World Book Day

Published on 2024-03-06 / By Hammy@Trefeddian
To celebrate World Book Day on 7th march, we take you on our Bookworm Tour to visit the best and most interesting bookshops in the area.
clocktower books

From the hotel head towards Tywyn on the A493, on reaching Tywyn turn left after the hospital and continue down this road following the one way system until you see Porth Gwyn on your right, follow the road around and park in the bays on the right hand side.

You will see Tywyn’s old market hall to your left.  This grand old building was completed in 1898, its clock purchased by the people of Tywyn was installed for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebrations in 1897. Today, the building is home to offices and shops including the aptly named Clock Tower Books.

Owned and run by Karl Eynon you will need to make time to visit this bookshop, which is packed with all sorts of wonderful relics for you to browse through.  The shop sells new and used books in all sorts of subjects from local interest to popular children’s titles.  Home to over 18,000 fiction and non fiction titles you may be here a while!

Once you have managed to pull yourself away from Clocktower Books your tour will take you onto Machynlleth on a scenic drive past Talyllyn Lake on the B4405.  At the junction turn right sign posted Corris on the A487.  

dyfi valley bookshop

If you fancy a little stop why not visit Corris Caverns or Corris Steam Railway both have fabulous gift shops packed full of interesting books amongst many other great things.

From here carry onto Machynlleth, turn left at the Clock Tower, half way up the main street on the right you will find a large carpark.  Machynlleth is a lovely little market town, once home to Owain Glyndwr’s Parliament.  It is also home to four fabulous bookshops.

Dyfi Valley Bookshop, has been a feature in Machynlleth for over thirty years.  It is warm and welcoming with a woodburning stove creating a cosy feeling while you browse.  This lovely little shop specialises in target sports, military and books of Welsh interest but you will also find much much more amongst the shelves.  Be sure to say hello to best bookshop dog in the world, Lochie!

penrallt books

Just along the road you will find another of Machynlleth’s little gems, Penrallt Gallery Bookshop.  This fabulous shop sells both new and second-hand books with a carefully selected range of titles across a wide range of subjects and specialist areas.  

coch y bonddu books

A more specialist bookshop in the town is Coch-y-Bonddu Books, who are leading international dealers in new and out of print books on the subjects of angling, game shooting, sporting dogs and falconry.  This attractive stone built shop is a pilgrimage for anglers and sportsmen from all over the world seeking those must have books.

literary cat books

The final bookshop on your tour can be found on the hight street.  Literary Cat Books is a small new and used antiquarian bookshop with a unique friendly vibe.  The shop sells a variety of books on almost any subject from Welsh and British History to theology, cookery, poetry and science fiction novels.

Just in case you don’t find the book of your dreams there are also a couple of antique shops in Machynlleth which have a few books dotted around, so whatever you fancy reading whilst on holiday at the Trefeddian is you will be sure to find it on our Bookworm Tour!