Second-hand bookshops

Visitors reading books in one of the National Trust's second-hand bookshops

Did you know that £1.5m was raised last year for special places in our care, thanks to second-hand book lovers? From classic volumes and colourful children’s tales to modern fiction and vintage treasures, discover something new (to you) to keep or share.

We’ve got a soft spot for second-hand books. They’re the familiar tales of our childhood and the unexpected new favourites. They’re the keepers of loving inscriptions and forgotten pressed flowers. They’re an invitation to curl up and take a journey into history, mystery, fantasy, or romance. And as a charity, they're pretty great for raising funds for the amazing places and wonderful creatures we look after too.

Here's how our second-hand books stack up

  • In total, second-hand bookshops raised around £1.5m for places that we care for in 2018/19
  • On our last count, we have 185 second-hand bookshops
  • One of our biggest bookshops at Blickling Estate raised £156k in second-hand book sales last year

Give your unwanted books

Share in our passion for second-hand books and support the nature and landscapes you love by donating your books and picking up a great read at a National Trust place near you.

Funds raised from our second-hand bookshops support vital conservation projects at the historic homes, gardens, countryside and coast in our care, making sure they continue to thrive. They also help us to look after wildlife and nature too, and the places they call home.

" Every book donated and purchased in our second-hand bookshop directly contributes towards essential conservation work, indoors and outdoors, at Baddesley Clinton. "

Discover a second-hand bookshop near you

Is your favourite place missing from our list below? We've got so many second-hand bookshops, we couldn't include them all, so contact your local National Trust place to check if they have one and for opening times.

Please note, not all of our places and second-hand bookshops are open at the moment due to the coronavirus crisis so please check the property homepage before visiting. 


Croft Castle's second-hand bookshop

Croft Castle and Parkland, Herefordshire

Please be aware that the second-hand bookshop at Croft is currently closed in line with government guidance.


The second-hand bookshop

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Find your next good read at the second-hand bookshop, opposite the shop in the courtyard at Kingston Lacy. There are books for everyone, including children and adult fiction, all categories of non fiction, Folio society, Art and collectable Vintage.


Pick up a second-hand book

Fyne Court, Somerset

Pick up the perfect read at Fyne Court


Second-hand bookshop at Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

Please be aware that the second-hand bookshop is currently closed.


Shopping at Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

Please be aware that the shop is currently closed.


Shopping at Blickling Estate

Blickling Estate, Norfolk

We're sorry, but the shop at Blickling is currently closed. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. In the meantime our online shop remains open if you're looking for something special.