The Weighbridge second-hand bookshop

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To raise funds to support our conservation work on site, we've opened The Weighbridge second-hand bookshop. Nestled inside Cliveden's Gas Yard, this quaint but substantial bookshop offers a wide range of pre-loved books, kindly donated by you.

The Weighbridge second-hand bookshop, located in the Gas Yard next to the Walled Garden, is a quiet space to browse our well stocked shelves, filled with the kind donations from previous visitors.

From hardbacks to hardly-looks-read, books have been generously donated from far and wide, by visitors, volunteers and staff. We’ve also recruited a dedicated team of bookshop assistants, all of whom are volunteers. From behind the scenes sorting to working the shop floor – we wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of our enthusiastic volunteers.

Stuck for gift ideas for autumn birthdays? Pop into the Weighbridge second-hand bookshop at Cliveden to pick up a gift-wrapped 'blind date with a book'.  Each book is preloved, and is selected and wrapped by our bookshop volunteers, with a tag to tell you the book's genre.  There's all sorts to please even the most voracious bookworm so pop in and have a look.

enjoy a blind date with a book at Cliveden
Cliveden Blind date with a book
enjoy a blind date with a book at Cliveden
" “This year sees continued success of the Weighbridge second hand book shop here at Cliveden. Our book shop volunteers have been working tirelessly to grow our offer and deliver new initiatives to capture the interest of our visitors. One of our more recent ideas is a “date with a book”, whereby the book is wrapped, with only a few words written on a tag to describe the book…a great present for many occasions, and we’ve even wrapped it for you! All this additional income really does make a difference, by helping to fund some of the numerous projects at Cliveden. All the funds generated by the bookshop at the moment are going towards supporting the Water Garden project which will involve repairing and restoring this beautiful space to its former glory. Thank you to all our visitors who have supported our book shop, and we look forward to growing its success." "
- Nick Smith Commercial Manager- Cliveden

Fundraising the Water Garden project

All the profits from the Cliveden bookshop go towards fundraising, and this year’s project is The Water Garden. Works are scheduled to last until 2021, and will bring this serene garden back to its former glory.


The bookshop, while fully-loaded for opening, is still seeking donations of books of all sorts, so please do drop yours in to the Information Centre at any day during opening hours.