1. Barter Books, Northumberland
4. Octavia’s Bookshop, Cirencester
5. The Book Barge, Staffordshire
Secondhand and antiquarian books, in a picturesque setting. And on Saturdays, there’s a cake sale. So charming!
This quirky shop sells both books and hats, and is utterly delightful. They’re committed to hosting literary events, as well as “book clubs, literary study groups, break-into-books groups and creative engagement with GCSE and A level groups.”
8. Hatchard’s, London
A treasure trove of second-hand books, as well as vinyl and CD’s. If you’re in the area, you could also visit Wenlock Books , another wonderful independent bookshop.
12. Scrivener’s Books, Buxton
With five floors of books, this is a bibliophile’s dream. And what’s more, there are cosy sofas, and tea-making facilities. Wonderful.
Open since 1879, Blackwell’s can serve all your bookshop needs. Seriously, if they don’t have it, well, maybe it’s not worth reading. If you won’t be able to make it to Oxford soon, then take a virtual tour.
14. Honesty Bookshop at Hay Castle, Hay-on-Wye
Named for a joke from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, this second-hand bookshop has a big selection. Perfect for rummaging.