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A guide to book shopping in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury has a long and impressive literary tradition. From being the setting of Ellis Peter’s The Cadfael Chronicles to A E Housman’s timeless Shropshire Lad, and not forgetting Shrewsbury’s favourite son Charles Darwin and his On The Origin Of Species

Here is our book lover's guide to shopping in Shrewsbury, from independents to specialists and chains – we're lucky enough to have it all! 

The Raven Bookshop

Shrewsbury Market Hall, SY1 1QG

The Raven Bookshop specialises in pre-loved books. 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. 

Button and Bear

27/28 Castle Street, SY1 2BQ

Shropshire’s first dedicated children’s bookshop, Button and Bear is a treasure trove of literature for children of all ages. With offerings suitable from birth all the way up to the end of primary school you’re sure to find something to satisfy those little minds.

Their expansive book offerings are bolstered by an ever-expanding schedule of book signings and author events, including a recent visit from internationally renowned children's author Julia Donaldson. 

Illuminate Books and Media

18 Wyle Cop, SY1 1XB

Shropshire’s largest Christian bookshop, Illuminate Books and Media 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. 


18/19 High Street, SY1 1SJ

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. 


Pride Hill Cente, SY1 1BN

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. 

Check out Shrewsbury's other offerings

Shrewsbury has a large selection of bookshops worth discovering, including Pengwern Books, Welsh Bridge Books and Collectables, Candle Lane Books and Oxfam Bookshop.