When it comes to bookshops, York has got it all.
From independent, specialist, chain, charity and second-hand, book-lovers are spoilt for choice.
And with Independent Bookshop Week (19 – 26 June) in full swing, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to update our bookshop guide!
Independent Bookshop Week aims to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland, and York certainly has many wonderful literary gems to shout about.
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The Minster Gate Bookshop
With five floors worth of antiquarian and second-hand books you’re sure to find what you’re looking for (and more!) in this magical bookshop. They specialise in Children’s and Illustrated Books, Folklore and Arthurian literature as well as being general booksellers. Keep an eye out for the room dedicated to maps and prints and also the book bargain rack that’s located outside the shop.
- 8 Minster Gates, York, YO1 7HL
- 01904 621812
A huge range of antiquarian and second-hand books covering two floors. Staff are extremely helpful and genuinely interested in helping you find what you’re looking for. Walking through this book maze is a delight but watch out not to knock over any book towers!
- 36 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF
- 01904 641389
The Little Apple Bookshop
This cute independent bookshop is one not to be missed. The bright interconnecting rooms are brimming with books and the latest bestsellers. Specialising in fiction, children’s books, signed editions and gifts that are perfect for any book lover! Books can also be purchased through their website for delivery or collection.
- 13 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN
- 01904 676103
The Portal Bookshop
A bookshop specialising in sci-fi, fantasy and LGBTQIA books! This small but mighty bookshop is tucked away down Patrick Pool but is a welcoming and delightful place to visit. With friendly staff and shelves full of books to get lost in, this one is a must-visit. Books can also be purchased through their online store.
- 5 Patrick Pool, York YO1 8BB
Books For Amnesty
Browse this friendly and welcoming bookshop for second-hand books, both fiction and non-fiction. Find poetry, critical essays, biographies, collectables and even CDs. Along the busy Goodramgate this shop is a peaceful haven to get lost in amongst the shelves.
- 42 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF
- 01904 541117
Specialising in first editions, signed copies and manuscripts, this bookshop is a must visit for any collector or rare book enthusiast. It is a beautiful shop with wide floor to ceiling shelves in a bright and airy space, thanks to the huge windows.
- 144 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX
- 01904 640111
Ken Spelman Bookshop & Gallery
Stocked full of rare and secondhand books, with a cosy upstairs displaying original prints and maps this is a shop that hours could be spent in to make sure no shelf had been missed.
- 70 Micklegate, York, YO1 6LF
- 01904 624414
Oxfam Bookshop (Micklegate)
This bright and cheerful bookshop is one of two Oxfam books locations in York! This one has a really lovely children’s and young adult corner with a space for little ones to sit and read and play. Keep an eye out for vintage Penguin classics and contemporary first editions.
- 46 Micklegate, York, YO1 6LF
- 01904 652140
Oxfam Bookshop (Low Petergate)
Head to this Oxfam Books location for specialist non-fiction and a wide selection of paperback and hardback fiction. They also stock CDs, DVDs, greetings cards, fair-trade food and gifts.
- 69 Low Petergate, York, YO1 7HY
- 01904 652749
This bookshop has something for everyone. Ranging from bestsellers, poetry, crime, science-fiction, young adult, children’s books this sunny and friendly shop will leave you browsing for hours. Keep an eye out for the beautiful Penguin Classics and make sure to have a coffee and cake stop in the café upstairs.
- 15 Coney St, York, YO1 9QL
- 01904 620784
Make sure to look up! The stunning period ceilings are just as beautiful as the wide book collection that specialises in rare and out of print books on architecture and landscape design to photography and fine art. Open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and outside these times by appointment.
- 8 Bootham, York, YO30 7BL
- 01904 623088
The Blue House Bookshop
A specialist independent children’s bookshop! Nestled on Bootham, this bookshop will delight both young and old alike. Books can also be bought through their website.
- 10 Bootham, York, YO30 7BL
- 01904 927838
Not only can you find books here but also a wide selection of records of all genres and ever-changing art and collectables.
- 22 Fishergate, York, YO10 4AB
- 07896 713988
The Grimoire Bookshop
An antiquarian and second-hand bookshop that also stocks prints and antiques. The brand new sci-fi and fantasy room upstairs is particularly fun to look around, and has a wide selection of comics. They can’t display everything due to space so make sure to ask if you’re searching for a particular book.
- 7 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN
- 01904 864244
This is your one stop for graphic novels and manga, and why not pick up a board game too while you’re there? A haven for geeks of all kinds and a really fun and friendly shop to browse.
- 74 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF
- 01904 628787