The Engine Room Bookshop at Hatchlands Park
Our second-hand bookshop at Hatchlands Park has moved and expanded. Thanks to generous contributions from our wonderful visitors and volunteers, we’re able to offer you an even greater choice, with all funds going towards vital conservation projects across the estate. From classic volumes and colourful children’s tales to modern fiction and biographical treasures, discover something new (to you) to keep or share.
Fanny Boscawen, the original lady of the house, loved a good book. She wrote, ‘If I ever take off the embargo which I lay upon all novels, I am lost to all other employment whatever, and do nothing till I have got through all my adventurers’ adventures, and seen them all safely provided for.’
You can now join in with her love of a long read and find yourself a new world to escape to, from the Engine Room bookshop. You’ll find this treasure trove of pre-loved volumes located in the old engine room in the cobbled courtyard, close to the Kitchen Café.
At the moment we're only able to accept cash inside the bookshop. You can pay for your books using the donation boxes located in the bookshop. Alternatively, if you'd rather pay by card, you can do so at Visitor Reception as you leave.
Face coverings are recommended in crowded areas, including the bookshop, but not compulsory.
Give your unwanted books a new home
You can share in our passion for second-hand books whilst supporting the buildings, nature and landscape on the Hatchlands Park estate, by donating your books and picking up a great read from the Engine Room. We're particularly in need of fiction books at the moment. Every book donated or purchased, directly contributes towards essential conservation work, indoors and outdoors.
You can drop off your unwanted books with us in-store whenever we’re open, 7 days a week from 10.30am until 4.30pm. Alternatively, if you’re having a major clear-out, you can email us to arrange a drop off time or call us on 01483 222482.
We hope you’ll enjoy contributing to our cause by browsing and buying our pre-loved books and find yourself lost in adventures, just as Fanny Boscawen did.