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Celebrating Independent Bookshops: 7 Top Picks in the UK and Ireland

Celebrating Independent Bookshops: 7 Top Picks in the UK and Ireland

Here at DK, it’s no secret that we’re pretty fond of books. Like many book lovers, we also know that there’s no experience quite like discovering a great independent bookshop. Filled with passionate people, familiar faces, and personal recommendations at the ready, there’s really no shortage of things to celebrate about the great independent bookshop.

In this spirit, we’re highlighting seven local gems from around the UK and Ireland. Check out the full list below for a new place to while away an hour (or a whole afternoon!) How many have you visited?

1. Forum Books, Corbridge | North England

Image: Yale Books Network

This charming shop in Northumberland boasts a wide range of titles, and also hosts author events.

2. St Ives Bookseller, St Ives | South-West

This lovely shop is part of a family-run company, and stocks more than 5,000 titles, so you'll always find your perfect read. Wouldn't mind one of those tote bags in the corner...

Images: Bundle of Books and St Ives Cornwall

3. Pages of Hackney, Hackney | London

We'll take a page out of this book! (Figuratively, of course.) Found on Lower Clapton Road, this London shop has something for everyone.

Images: Pages of Hackney and Lochlan Bloom

4. The Book Hive, Norwich | South-East and East

Image: The Book Hive

We're buzzing about this brilliant bookshop! A three-storey gem, this store boasts a wide selection of great titles right in the centre of Norwich.

5. The Bookshop, Kibworth | Midlands

This cozy and welcoming bookshop is a treat for bibliophiles of every kind (And we hear there are biscuits...)

Images: TripAdvisor and Nudge Book

6. Bridge Street Bookshop, Wicklow | Ireland

Image: Irish Times

This independent, family-run bookshop looks like a dream! Browse the stacks and stay a while. It's right in the heart of Wicklow Town.

7. The Edinburgh Bookshop, Edinburgh | Scotland

Here's the perfect place to get lost in some pages if you're around Edinburgh. Their motto is "We read past our bedtimes," so we know we'd get along with these folks.

Images: Lateral City and


These bookshops were selected as part of the British Book Industry Awards (BBIA) Independent Bookshop of the Year (IBOTY) regional shortlists for 2016.

To discover and support even more fantastic independent bookshops, you can use the Bookseller Association’s “Bookshop Search” tool, a one-stop search engine for bookshops throughout the UK and Ireland. Click here to get searching, or learn more about the Booksellers Association through their website.

Happy reading!

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