Our bookshop

The window of the bookshop at Castle Ward

The Secondhand bookshop is run and looked after by a dedicated team of volunteers. Browse for a new favourite author or find a hidden gem for a friend.

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, so please abide by social distancing regulations and you will be required to wear a mask in the space if you are able to.

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

How do I pay?

The bookshop is managed by our volunteers and their hard work has been amazing. They work in the morning so at the moment the bookshop is unmanned. All books have their price in pencil on the first page and there are two ways to donate:

  • - use the honestly box provided if you have cash
  • - pay by card in the shop
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.

Donating books

We are once again taking book donations on weekends from 10am - 12noon. Please help us by bringing us only novels and non fiction books in good condition. At the moment we are not looking for encyclopaedias, dvds, cds, magazines, sheet music or pamphlets unless of signficance.

Mention at the gate you are visiting to donate books and head to the accessible car park at the side of the offices and the Duty Manager will meet you. Please bring no more than 2 boxes of books to allow us to store and sort the books for display.