Our second-hand bookshop helps to raise money for ongoing conservation projects all around Castle Ward and is run thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers.
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.
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.
Making a donation
We're now in a place where we can accept donations again and we're doing so in a structured way to help keep our volunteers safe. Our next open times for donations are on Saturday 17 and Saturday 24 October from 10am - 12noon. Let the staff at admission know you are donating books and please travel to the disabled car parking area where you'll be able to leave your books for donation into the bookshop.
To help us, we've come up with some guidelines:
- Please bring us clean, good condition books that are fit for reselling
- We'll accept two boxes of books per person (this is simply to allow us to store them safely)
- Books only please, at the moment we're not taking DVDs, sheet music, magazines or encyclopaedias
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.