Second-hand bookshops to visit in the South West

To celebrate all things books, we’re shining a light on the second-hand bookshops you’ll find tucked away at our places. They’re well worth popping in to to say hello to the wonderful volunteers, or to browse through the shelves stocked with donated books.

Every time you visit or donate your preloved books to a Trust charity bookshop, you help to support conservation at that special place. Thanks to supporters like you, the bookshops take thousands of pounds annually, and every penny is invested to keep the property special for everyone, for ever.

Staying safe in the bookshops

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. We’re reopening the places you love, safely and in line with government guidance. We recommend you book in advance for visits to gardens, parks and houses, especially at busy times such as weekends.

We’ve introduced new safety measures including asking all visitors to our bookshops to use the hand sanitiser provided on entry, quarantining donations of second-hand books, and limiting the number of visitors at one time in the bookshops. In line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering in most enclosed spaces, unless exempt. Please bring one with you.

Second-hand bookshops in Cornwall

A stack of books

The second-hand bookshop at Trerice 

At Trerice you'll find the little unmanned bookshop located beneath the barn in the undercroft. Open daily, 10am-5pm.

Second-hand bookshops in Devon

A selection of National Trust books on a table

Arlington Court, Devon 

The second-hand bookshop at Arlington Court can be found in the walled garden. Browse through a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction bargains. All proceeds from the bookshop goes directly towards the care and conservation of Arlington and the wider estate.

Bookshops to discover in Dorset

Second-hand bookshops in Somerset

Second hand bookshops in Gloucestershire

Wiltshire's second-hand bookshops

" Second-hand bookshops are a crucial source of fundraised income and every penny they raise stays at that property to be spent on vital conservation work. In 2018, the bookshops collectively raised over £250,000 in the South West. A big thank you to all our bookshop supporters, whether you buy a book or drop off your preloved books, you really help us care for special places."
- Tom Church, SW Fundraising Consultant

We need your support 

For 125 years, people like you have helped us protect some of the UK's best-loved places. Everyone needs nature, beauty and green spaces now more than ever. But our income has dropped sharply due to the coronavirus crisis, and our essential conservation work is at risk.

Many of our second-hand bookshops haven't yet been able to reopen due to social distancing constrictions: each bookshop is different, many are quirky and individual which is why we and our visitors love them so much, but that does provide a unique set of challenges when it comes to opening safely during these times. This has a direct impact on our income and the vital conservation work we can carry out. Please give what you can to help us look after special places, so people and nature can thrive.

Bookshops which are currently closed

These second-hand bookshops across the South West also remain closed for now. We're working hard to reopen them as soon as we can.

  • Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire
  • Greenway, Devon
  • Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall
  • Kingston Lacy, Dorset
  • Lacock, Wiltshire
  • Lanhydrock, Cornwall
  • Montacute House, Somerset
  • Saltram, Devon
  • Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire
  • Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall
Second-hand bookshop at National Trust Greenway

Donating your books

If you have some books which you would like to donate, please contact the property directly before bringing them in, to make sure there's space at the bookshop to quarantine them before they can go on sale. Thank you.