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Vintage Book Fair

Do you love the smell, feel and look of old books? Why not come and browse our large collection of vintage books? They are there for you to buy at a fraction of their online price.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Our second Vintage Book Fair will be held at the White Cliffs Visitor Centre. We’ll have hundreds of books on offer for you to buy; plus, lists of books in our store – too many to show – that we can fetch for you. Some items in our vintage book collection are well over 100 years old, with some first publications. Our volunteers will be on hand every day to advise you, help you get those hard-to-reach items and browse our lists if you can’t find what you want.



Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics


Supervised children are welcome.

Meeting point

Come to the castle end of the White Cliffs of Dover Visitor Centre, CT16 1HJ,, where the entrance lobby will be the vintage bookshop for the week.

What to bring and wear

The bookshop is indoors and there is covered standing if there is a queue. If you wish to walk along the cliffs during your visit, please come prepared as the weather can change suddenly.


The Visitor Centre is wheelchair-friendly and has level access throughout, including the toilets at the back of the building. There are 14 disabled parking places next to the Visitor Centre that are level access and a further six places opposite the building, which are step-free. Our other car parks are either gravel or grass and can only be accessed by a steep hill but are step-free.


Entrance to the Vintage Book Fair is ticketless and free of charge. Normal parking charges apply – National Trust members can park for free. Refreshments are available in the cafeteria next to the Vintage Book Fair. Many books are very old and have been in much-loved private collections before being donated to the National Trust. The condition of the books varies. All are offered for sale on a ‘sold-as-seen’ basis, with most bargain-priced, considerably less than an online valuation, depending on condition. You can pay for your purchases using cash or card. Sorry, no cheques. All proceeds from the book sale go directly to funding White Cliffs conservation projects. Dogs are welcome in the outside seating area adjacent to the book fair. Dog water bowls are provided. Assistance dogs only are welcome in the Visitor Centre building.

Contact info

White Cliffs Property Office

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