10 of the best bookshops in York

10 of the best bookshops in York

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Where to pick up rare books, novels, comics, kids books and specialist publications in the historic city of York

York boasts a jumbled networks of streets that feels like you are stepping back in time. The perfect place to stumble upon rare books and secondhand gems amongst the city's historic lanes and back alleys. Though if you want the latest blockbuster titles, YA novels or superhero comics York has that covered too.

Books for Amnesty
Charity shop specialising in books. Expect a high turn over of titles and all for a good cause so well worth popping in on a regular basis.
Books for Amnesty, 42 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF

Fossgate Books
A cornucopia of second-hand books crammed into every available space in York's historic Fossgate area which has links back to the Vikings.
Fossgate Books, 36 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF

Janette Ray
Janette Ray focuses in on a very niche market: 'rare and out of print books on architecture and building, landscape design, design history, international exhibitions, town planning and fine art mainly published 1800-1950.'
Janette Ray, 8 Bootham, York, YO30 7BL

Ken Spelman Books
Bibliophiles are spoiled for choice in York. Opening in 1948 Ken Spelman specialises in rare books and manuscripts (plus prints, watercolours and cards). In fact The Independent even labelled KS as 'one of the 10 best rare bookshops in Britain'. High praise indeed. Plus there's a cosy real fire during winter to keep you toasty as you browse the racks.
Ken Spelman Books, 70 Micklegate, York, YO1 6LF

The Little Apple Bookshop
Friendly local bookshop with a wide range of fiction, children's books and signed copies. The Little Apple also runs a regular reading group and are the official supplier of books to the York Literature Festival.
The Little Apple Bookshop, 13 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN

Lucius Books
Yet another rare books emporium with an emphasis on first editions, signed copies and crime fiction. The also sell manuscripts and art, you can check out their impressive catalogue online.
Lucius Books, York Eco Business Centre, Amy Johnson Way, YO30 4AG

The Minister Gate Bookshop
Five floors of second hand and antiquarian books all in the shadow of York's impressive Minster, an area famed for its book shops since 1580. Particular specialisation in children's books, folklore and Arthurian legends alongside maps, prints and lithographs of York and Yorkshire.
The Minister Gate Bookshop, 8 Minister Gates, York, YO1 7HL

Oxfam Books
Not one but two Oxfam bookshops in York on either side of the River Ouse. Tons of secondhand books alongside DVDs, CDs and music. The Micklegate store is slightly larger but both are worth a rummage.
Oxfam Books, 46 Micklegate, York, YO1 6LF; 69 Low Petergate, York, YO1 7HY

10 of the best bookshops in York

The Travelling Man
York's première comics emporium with current and back issues plus plenty of graphic novels. Not just comics, Travelling Man also sells boardgames and RPGs alongside regular gaming sessions, special guest signing events and screenings instore. Basically if you love superheroes, sci-fi or fantasy TM has it covered. Part of an independent chain with sister stores in Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.
The Travelling Man, 74 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF

A high street chain but the York branch is particularly nice with a lovely café upstairs for when you need to take a break from checking out the latest releases and bestsellers.
Waterstones, 15 Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL

A Lucius Books
York Eco Business Centre, Amy Johnson Way, York, YO30 4AG
B Ken Spelman Books
70 Micklegate, York, YO1 6LF
C Janette Ray
8 Bootham, York, YO30 7BL
D The Little Apple Bookshop
13 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN
E Waterstones
15 Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL
F Oxfam Books
69 Low Petergate, York, YO1 7HY
G Travelling Man
74 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF
H Books for Amnesty
42 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF
I Fossgate Books
36 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF

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