Second-hand bookshops to visit in the South West

Thanks to supporters like you, second-hand bookshops at the places we care for usually take thousands of pounds annually, and every penny is invested to keep the property special for everyone, for ever.

Read on to find out how they help to raise funds to support vital conservation work and where you can find bookshops to visit.

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. You no longer need to pre-book at many of our places in England, although some smaller places may still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.

Our bookshops continue to prioritise the health and safety of staff, volunteers, suppliers and visitors. We'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness, we recommend that face coverings are worn in enclosed and crowded areas.Thank you for making this a safe experience for everyone.

Bookshops in Cornwall

Bookshops in Devon

Shelves full of second-hand books for sale at Lydford Gorge

Second-hand books at Lydford Gorge

Head to the Devil's Cauldron entrance to browse the range of second-hand books for sale, as well as games and puzzles. Open 10am-4.30pm every day. All proceeds go towards preserving the unique landscape of the gorge and looking after the wildlife that call it home.

A selection of books perfect for summer reading

Knightshayes

The second-hand bookshop at Knightshayes is located in the stables next to the shop and tea-room, so it's perfect for picking up a good read to enjoy in the tea room or with a takeaway cuppa in a secluded reading nook in the grounds.

Bookshops in Dorset

Bookshops in Somerset

Books from the National Trust online shop

Lytes Cary Manor, Somerset

Find your next good read in the Lytes Cary Manor second-hand book barn. There are treasures waiting to be found in this little cave in the courtyard. Better yet, all the proceeds from the donations go directly to back into looking after Lytes Cary Manor for everyone, for ever. If you have any questions about donating books, please drop us an email at: lytescarymanor@nationaltrust.org.uk

Bookshops in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire

Our second-hand bookshop in the Abbey courtyard has a variety of books

Lacock Abbey

This charming bookshop in the Abbey courtyard has a variety of books to tempt you on your next visit. Every time you buy a book you support important conservation projects at the Abbey, such as the collection of nineteenth century watercolours painted by the Fox Talbot family.

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.

" Second-hand bookshops are a crucial source of fundraised income: 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. Please give what you can to help us look after special places, so people and nature can thrive.

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
  • Newark Park, Gloucestershire
  • Saltram, Devon
  • Stourhead, Wiltshire
  • Studland Bay, Dorset
  • Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall

Treat yourself 

Looking for the perfect gift or perhaps you're in need of some retail therapy? You can browse our full range via our online shop. Your purchases and support enable us to continue to care for the nature, beauty and history we all miss.