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19 Magical Bookshops Every Book Lover Must Visit

Snuggle up with a book.

1. Barter Books, Northumberland

Based in a former Victorian train station, Barter Books is breathtaking. Comfy sofas, a model railway and a children's room too. Oh! And it's the home of the original Keep Calm and Carry On poster.

2. Daunt Books, London

3. The Bookshop, Wigtown, Scotland

You can tell by the destroyed Kindle on the wall (left) that this bookshop doesn't mess around. Situated in Scotland's National Book Town, The Bookshop stocks about 100,000 titles, so the odds of finding something good to read are high.

4. Octavia's Bookshop, Cirencester

5. The Book Barge, Staffordshire

6. Ross Old Book Shop, Ross on Wye.

Secondhand and antiquarian books, in a picturesque setting. And on Saturdays, there's a cake sale. So charming!

7. Madhatter Bookshop, Oxfordshire

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

9. Much More Books, Much Wenlock

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.

10. Word On The Water, London

Based near Paddington station, you can float merrily on this Dutch barge, while checking out their selection of second hand stock. They also host readings and live music on their roof stage. Delightful!

11. Baggins Book Bazaar, Rochester

This large second-hand bookshop offers some delightful gems, like a dictionary of sailor's slang.

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.

13. Blackwell's books, Oxford.

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

15. Beware of the Leopard Books, Bristol

Named for a joke from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, this second-hand bookshop has a big selection. Perfect for rummaging.

16. Wild and Homeless Books, Dorset

17. Leakey's Bookshop, Inverness

OMG this bookshop has an open fire. And a cafe. And yes, lots and lots of books.

18. Armchair Books, Edinburgh

Often described as a TARDIS, it's easy to get swept up in Armchair Books. By the way, if you're a book lover in Edinburgh, try and get a ticket to Electric Bookshop to chat about the future of books.

19. Seaways Bookshop, Pembrokeshire

Not only is it a charming bookshop, the back of the store looks out onto the Fishguard coast (the photo on the right isn't the exact view, but you get the idea).