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1. The Music Exchange - Nottingham

This unique record shop supports and works alongside with Framework; a charity helping the homeless. It allows vulnerable individuals to develop vital social skills through voluntary work at the shop.
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This unique record shop supports and works alongside with Framework; a charity helping the homeless. It allows vulnerable individuals to develop vital social skills through voluntary work at the shop.

2. Spillers Records - Cardiff

Founded in Cardiff, Wales in 1894 by Henry Spiller, it is the world's oldest record shop! That's nearly 122 years of providing music.
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Founded in Cardiff, Wales in 1894 by Henry Spiller, it is the world's oldest record shop! That's nearly 122 years of providing music.

3. The Tangled Parrot - Carmarthen

This record shop is combined with a bar and cafe. Not to mention, bands and DJ's frequently play sets within the shop. It was voted Wales' best record shop in 2011.
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This record shop is combined with a bar and cafe. Not to mention, bands and DJ's frequently play sets within the shop. It was voted Wales' best record shop in 2011.

4. Reckless Records - Soho, London

Reckless Records is an indie record shop nestled in a very cultured area of London. It started in 1984, and was the first record shop in Berwick Street. There is another location in Chicago, Illinois that was opened in 1989, and still going strong!
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Reckless Records is an indie record shop nestled in a very cultured area of London. It started in 1984, and was the first record shop in Berwick Street. There is another location in Chicago, Illinois that was opened in 1989, and still going strong!

5. Record Collector - Sheffield

Sheffield is home of the Arctic Monkeys, so of course they have a super cool record shop in their hometown. This record shop opened in 1978, and throughout the ups and downs of the music industry, has remained in business.
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Sheffield is home of the Arctic Monkeys, so of course they have a super cool record shop in their hometown. This record shop opened in 1978, and throughout the ups and downs of the music industry, has remained in business.

6. Pie & Vinyl - Southsea, Portsmouth

This cosy cafe features an array of classic English comfort foods, records for sale, and an art gallery for local artists. This is surely an experience for lovers of food, art, and music!
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This cosy cafe features an array of classic English comfort foods, records for sale, and an art gallery for local artists. This is surely an experience for lovers of food, art, and music!

7. Piccadilly Records - Manchester

Piccadilly's was created in 1978, and was known for their wide variety of rock, pop, indie, and alternative music. They pride themselves on having a large selection of genres.
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Piccadilly's was created in 1978, and was known for their wide variety of rock, pop, indie, and alternative music. They pride themselves on having a large selection of genres.

8. Rough Trade - London

This indie shop has been around since 1976! Rough Trades Records is also a legendary independent record label with releases by The Strokes and The Smiths, to name a few.
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This indie shop has been around since 1976! Rough Trades Records is also a legendary independent record label with releases by The Strokes and The Smiths, to name a few.

9. Union Music Store - Lewes

This music store is for fans of folk, country, and Americana genre! The owners, Stevie and Jamie Freeman, host gigs regularly, work with a local youth charity (Starfish Youth Music) to support newbie musicians, and run their own record label. Mumford & Sons loved Union Music Store so much that they held a festival in Lewes!
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This music store is for fans of folk, country, and Americana genre! The owners, Stevie and Jamie Freeman, host gigs regularly, work with a local youth charity (Starfish Youth Music) to support newbie musicians, and run their own record label. Mumford & Sons loved Union Music Store so much that they held a festival in Lewes!

10. Canterbury Rock - Canterbury

This record shop has been in business since the late 1970s! It is one of the only record shops that still remains in the quaint city. It's a great place to rummage for a rarity! The owner, Jim, is a very nice bloke, too!
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This record shop has been in business since the late 1970s! It is one of the only record shops that still remains in the quaint city. It's a great place to rummage for a rarity! The owner, Jim, is a very nice bloke, too!

11. Dragon Records - Belfast

This record shop could easily be overlooked, but despite the small space it's located in-- it holds a lot of really rare and indie records! It's truly a hidden gem in the heart of a thriving capital city.
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This record shop could easily be overlooked, but despite the small space it's located in-- it holds a lot of really rare and indie records! It's truly a hidden gem in the heart of a thriving capital city.

12. Vinyl Tap - Huddersfield

This record shop is located right between Leeds and Manchester. It has an authentic record shop atmosphere, and if that doesn't entice you enough it has £1 bargain basement clearance deals quite often.
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This record shop is located right between Leeds and Manchester. It has an authentic record shop atmosphere, and if that doesn't entice you enough it has £1 bargain basement clearance deals quite often.

13. The Record Deck - Location Varies

If you were wondering why the location varies, it's because this awesome record shop is actually a boat that floats around London. The shop opens on rain-free weekends, and at festivals and events on the UK canals and rivers. Follow The Record Deck UK on their Facebook page for updates and frequent events!
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If you were wondering why the location varies, it's because this awesome record shop is actually a boat that floats around London. The shop opens on rain-free weekends, and at festivals and events on the UK canals and rivers. Follow The Record Deck UK on their Facebook page for updates and frequent events!

14. Eastern Bloc - Manchester

Eastern Bloc record shop is a hipsters paradise and includes not just vinyl, but: hand-roasted coffee, free wi-fi, homemade cakes and a full-range menu of food, tickets, and special events. They have even hosted in-store signings with The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. E Bloc has always been cutting edge in the music scene, and specialises in drum & bass, jungle, dubstep, house, electronica and techno.
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Eastern Bloc record shop is a hipsters paradise and includes not just vinyl, but: hand-roasted coffee, free wi-fi, homemade cakes and a full-range menu of food, tickets, and special events. They have even hosted in-store signings with The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. E Bloc has always been cutting edge in the music scene, and specialises in drum & bass, jungle, dubstep, house, electronica and techno.

15. Diskery - Birmingham

The Diskery is the oldest record shop in England, opening in 1952 by Morris Hunting. This record shop is as quirky as they come with labeled categories such as "bits and bobs" and "cheapo rock.".
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The Diskery is the oldest record shop in England, opening in 1952 by Morris Hunting. This record shop is as quirky as they come with labeled categories such as "bits and bobs" and "cheapo rock.".

16. Banquet Records - Surrey, London

This indie record shop not only stocks a great variety of genres, but it's more than just your average record store. Banquet records also hosts various concerts, club nights, and in-store signings.
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This indie record shop not only stocks a great variety of genres, but it's more than just your average record store. Banquet records also hosts various concerts, club nights, and in-store signings.

17. Vinyl Head - Ramsgate

Fancy a refreshment whilst browsing vinyl? This cute, creative shop doubles as both a cafe and a place for people to indulge on a cake whilst also indulging on their love of vinyl, or perhaps discover vinyl for the first time!
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Fancy a refreshment whilst browsing vinyl? This cute, creative shop doubles as both a cafe and a place for people to indulge on a cake whilst also indulging on their love of vinyl, or perhaps discover vinyl for the first time!

18. Pop Recs Ltd. - Sunderland

This is the hip place to go in Sunderland if you love music, coffee, art, or supporting small, indie businesses! Pop Recs sells vinyl, coffee, and local artists paintings, drawings, and sculptures. They also have had gigs, including: James Bay, Maximo Park, Badly Drawn Boy, and Edwyn Collins.
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This is the hip place to go in Sunderland if you love music, coffee, art, or supporting small, indie businesses! Pop Recs sells vinyl, coffee, and local artists paintings, drawings, and sculptures. They also have had gigs, including: James Bay, Maximo Park, Badly Drawn Boy, and Edwyn Collins.

19. Clampdown - Manchester

Clampdown records has that old-school charm, despite only being in it's current location since 2004. There's plenty of choice in the genres of soul to electro-funk and jazz, but Clampdown is especially known for their rock-heavy selection.
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Clampdown records has that old-school charm, despite only being in it's current location since 2004. There's plenty of choice in the genres of soul to electro-funk and jazz, but Clampdown is especially known for their rock-heavy selection.

20. Probe Records - Liverpool

Probe Records is great for indie-enthusiasts, because you are more likely to find vinyl that you would struggle to in a mainstream shop! Probe opened their doors for business over 40 years ago in 1971! It's situated in one of Liverpool's most historic buildings, The Bluecoat.
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Probe Records is great for indie-enthusiasts, because you are more likely to find vinyl that you would struggle to in a mainstream shop! Probe opened their doors for business over 40 years ago in 1971! It's situated in one of Liverpool's most historic buildings, The Bluecoat.

21. Soundclash - Norwich

Soundclash is 25 years old, established in 1991. Soundclash is one of Britain's smallest record shops, but still voted one of the best by The Guardian in 2007. They offer a unique shopping experience by allowing customers to listen to their vinyl or CDs before purchasing.
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Soundclash is 25 years old, established in 1991. Soundclash is one of Britain's smallest record shops, but still voted one of the best by The Guardian in 2007. They offer a unique shopping experience by allowing customers to listen to their vinyl or CDs before purchasing.

22. Jumbo - Leeds

Jumbo Records was discovered by Hunter Smith in 1971. He created the name and logo based off the successful DJ and disco business he was involved with called Jumbo Mobile Discotheque. Today, it accommodates a multitude of different musical tastes with a huge range of genres.
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Jumbo Records was discovered by Hunter Smith in 1971. He created the name and logo based off the successful DJ and disco business he was involved with called Jumbo Mobile Discotheque. Today, it accommodates a multitude of different musical tastes with a huge range of genres.

23. Sister Ray Records - London

In case you were curious how the owner came up with the name, "Sister Ray" is a song by the Velvet Underground on their 1968 avant-garde rock album. Sister Ray has a very broad spectrum of vinyl. Not to mention, if you look really closely, this record shop is pictured on the cover of Oasis's "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?" album.
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In case you were curious how the owner came up with the name, "Sister Ray" is a song by the Velvet Underground on their 1968 avant-garde rock album. Sister Ray has a very broad spectrum of vinyl. Not to mention, if you look really closely, this record shop is pictured on the cover of Oasis's "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?" album.

24. Monorail Music - Glasgow

Monorail Music was established in 2002 by the Stephen McRobbie, (the lead singer of the Pastels), inside a friend's vegan pub called "Mono." Even though a vegan pub and vinyl shop are vastly different, they sometimes collaborate on things, and overall it makes for a unique atmosphere!
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Monorail Music was established in 2002 by the Stephen McRobbie, (the lead singer of the Pastels), inside a friend's vegan pub called "Mono." Even though a vegan pub and vinyl shop are vastly different, they sometimes collaborate on things, and overall it makes for a unique atmosphere!

25. The Book and Record Bar - London

Last but certainly not least, is the swanky book and record bar discovered in 2013. Besides selling vinyl, it also has secondhand books, freshly made coffee, live music, DJ nights, and open deck nights to play your own vinyl! So what are you waiting for?!
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Last but certainly not least, is the swanky book and record bar discovered in 2013. Besides selling vinyl, it also has secondhand books, freshly made coffee, live music, DJ nights, and open deck nights to play your own vinyl! So what are you waiting for?!

Go forth and join the vinyl revival!
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Go forth and join the vinyl revival!

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