Secondhand bookshop at Bodiam Castle

A view to the entrance of the new secondhand bookshop at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex

Just in time for a good summer read, our newly-located secondhand bookshop re-opened its doors at the start of the school summer holidays.

A brand new look to our fundraising secondhand bookshop

Following some re-organisation of rooms in Castle Cottage and the extension of space in the kitchens down at the Wharf tea room, our secondhand bookshop now has a brand new home down by the river.

Our former Terrace Room has been reformed and about half of it now hosts the bookshop, kitted out with brand new white shelving units and a reading table in the centre of the space.

Fundraising for our conservation projects

All monies from the sale of books in the bookshop will go towards our conservation projects. Conserving a 14th-century moated castle is no mean feate and there are a number of areas that need conservation from our artefacts to the castle building itself and the grounds in which it sits.

Donate your old books or buy a book to take home

There are several ways in which you can support our secondhand bookshop. Firstly without the donation of books; paperbacks, hardbacks, fiction, non-fiction and children's we wouldn't be able to keep going. We're particularly interested in books on castles and medieval life since this is what we're all about here at the castle.

If you'd like to donate some books, please give our main office a call on 01580 830196 to arrange to drop them off or just bring them in during normal opening hours, 10am to 5pm (February to October) or 10am to 4pm (November to January). If there is no one in the bookshop, please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to take your donation.

The books are simply priced and generally our suggested donation is £1 for paperbacks and £2 for a hardback. Pop in and see what bargains you can pick up.

Bodiam Castle
A selection of books on display in the secondhand bookshop at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex
Bodiam Castle

Lend a hand

We have a growing band of volunteers who have been instrumental in enabling us to re-locate the bookshop and to make it even better than it was before. However, we still need more volunteers as on occasions we have to rely on an honesty box for donations and, unfortunately, the shelves don't stock themselves.

If you'd like to help out with this very important project, then please contact one of our volunteer officers on 01435 884884 or alternatively send us an e-mail.

Thank you for supporting us.