Posted 07 Mar 2024

A World Book Day guide to bookshops in Shrewsbury

For book lovers, by book lovers - read our complete guide to book shopping in Shrewsbury's historic town centre
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The Raven Bookshop

The Raven Bookshop (also featured in the header image for this post!) specialises in pre-loved books and has generated a following as a hub for book lovers in Shrewsbury. From local history to thrillers and children’s books, you're sure to find something from all topics and genres nestled in the gallery of Shrewsbury’s Market Hall. Pop in and see bibliophile in residence Laura who will help point you in the right direction for your choice of book.

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Pengwern Books

Located on Fish Street in the heart of the town, Pengwern Books has been serving book lovers in Shrewsbury and beyond for over 16 years. With a small but carefully curated stock, readers will find something different from the mainstream on the shelves and what isn't on the shelf can be ordered quickly.

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Illuminate Bookshop

Shropshire’s largest Christian bookshop, Illuminate Bookshop stocks a wide selection of literature as well as cards, gifts, music and church supplies. Dedicated to fulfilling your spiritual needs, Illuminate sells a large selection of new and preloved books. If you're in need of any assistance, there are dedicated staff on hand eager to help.

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Second Chapter Books

Second Chapter Books is a small antiquarian and second-hand bookshop situated in Shrewsbury's Parade Shopping Centre, and a paradise for serious book enthusiasts and collectors. A variety of books are on offer in this carefully curated shop, at prices ranging from 50p to £900!

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Oxfam Bookshop

Oxfam is the UK's largest second hand bookseller. The popular Oxfam Bookshop in Shrewsbury offers a truly impressive selection of books, from modern fiction and leisure interest to more specialist subjects, classics, and rare or collectable books.

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Buttercup Bookshop

Buttercup Bookshop, co-located with DVD Megastore in the Darwin Centre, specialises in preloved books for children, and supports independent and local authors by offering book signing opportunities and promotional space in-store. The shelves are regularly restocked and feature hundreds of children's books, at affordable prices, from some of the most-loved franchises.

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National favourite Waterstones is one of the UK’s leading book retailers, providing customers with a wide choice and knowledgeable staff. With each branch run uniquely, here you will find local authors and literature of interest brought to the forefront.

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Founded in 1792, WHSmith is another national favourite. A one-stop-shop for all your literature and stationery needs, WHSmith is a staple stockist for booklovers up and down the country. Split over two floors, Shrewsbury’s branch has a sprawling book section, offering everything from graphics novels to travel guides and first words.

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