The Well Read Bookshop at Springhill

Books from the National Trust online shop

You'll find The Well Read Secondhand bookshop at Springhill, towards the end of the drive as you leave the estate. It's a great place to while away a some time during a visit. Delve into shelves of books to discover a world of preloved stories and non-fiction for all ages. We have a large selection children's books, fiction and non-fiction including cookery, gardening, history, travel and much more. We also have a lovely children’s corner.

Our second-hand bookshop holds everything from children’s stories to classic novels. Lose yourself in fantasy worlds, or learn something new with one of the many bargains waiting on our shelves. 

Our fundraising secondhand bookshop

Take some time to browse the shelves, all carefully arranged into categories, to find something of interest. If you're an avid reader of books, there's bound to be something to catch your eye. 

All monies from the sale of books in the bookshop will go towards our conservation projects. Conserving a 14th-century moated castle is no mean feate and there are a number of areas that need conservation from our artefacts to the castle building itself and the grounds in which it sits.

Donate your old books or buy a book to take home

There are several ways in which you can support our secondhand bookshop. Firstly without the donation of books; paperbacks, hardbacks, fiction, non-fiction and children's we wouldn't be able to keep going. We're particularly interested in books on castles and medieval life since this is what we're all about here at the castle.

The books are simply priced and generally our suggested donation is £1 for paperbacks and £2 for a hardback. In line with government guidance you are required to wear a face covering in the bookshop, please bring one with you. Pop in and see what bargains you can pick up.

If you'd like to donate some books, please give our main office a call on 02886 748 210 or email to arrange to drop them off or you can bring them with you on your next wisit to Springhill. If there is no one in the bookshop, please speak to another member of staff in the Visitor Centre who will be happy to take your donation.

A US military Nissen Hut at Ardress, similar to that built at Springhill

Springhill in the Second World War  

Springhill played an important role during the Second World War as a US Army base.

Harvest Door

Taking the outdoors indoors at Springhill

Springhill gardens and grounds are alive with the sights and sounds of the season. In days gone by the vibrant gardens and woodland would have been enjoyed and used by the many generations of the Lenox-Conyngham family who once lived at Springhill.