Our bookshop

The window of the bookshop at Castle Ward

In line with NI Executive guidance, the secondhand bookshop will be closed for six weeks from 26 December. We are not currently welcoming donations of books for re-sale.

Thanks to generous donations from our visitors and the local community, the bookshop is full of fantastic titles in every genre you could imagine. There's a wide range of books to suit everyone, pick up a novel to enjoy in the sun, get inspired by a travel guide, find new recipes in our cookery section, and take home some new bedtime stories for the kids.

We've introduced a one-way system to help you ensure social distancing inside the bookshop.

Our volunteers have returned to sort through all our books in the mornings, so the bookshop will open at 12noon during weekdays to allow them to work, and from 10am on weekends.

There's plenty of kids books to enjoy again
The children's book range in the second-hand bookshop at Castle Ward
There's plenty of kids books to enjoy again


The bookshop is managed by our volunteers and their hard work has been amazing. There's usually a smiling face to welcome you in although at the moment the bookshop will generally be unmanned, so we'd ask you use the honesty box provided or bring your purchases to the Gift Shop and pay by card.

You'll always find one to take home...
The second-hand bookshop at Castle Ward
You'll always find one to take home...

Since it opened in the early 2000s the bookshop has generated well over £250,000 which goes directly into supporting the conservation work we do and looking after this fantastic place. Thank you all for your support whether you're leaving us with your favourite reads or picking up a bargain.