The Best Bookstores in York – Updated for 2022

When it comes to bookstores, York has it all.

From independent, specialist, chain, charity and second-hand, book lovers are spoiled for choice.

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The Minster Gate Bookstore

With five floors of antiquarian and used books, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for (and more!) in this magical bookshop. They specialize in children’s and illustrated books, folklore and Arthurian literature and are also general booksellers. Keep an eye out for the space dedicated to cards and prints as well as the bookshelf outside the store.

  • 8 Minster Gates, York, YO1 7HL
  • 01904 621812
  • Website

Fossgate Books

The Best Bookstores in York - Updated for 2022

A huge range of antiquarian and second-hand books over two floors. The staff are extremely helpful and genuinely interested in helping you find what you are looking for. Walking through this book maze is a joy, but be careful not to knock over book towers!

  • 36 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF
  • 01904 641389
  • Website

The Little Apple Bookstore

The Best Bookstores in York - Updated for 2022

This adorable independent bookstore is one not to be missed. The bright connecting rooms are full of books and the latest bestsellers. Specializing in fiction, children’s books, signed editions and gifts that are perfect for any book lover! Books can also be purchased through their website for delivery or collection.

  • 13 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN
  • 01904 676103
  • Website

The Portal Bookstore

The Best Bookstores in York - Updated for 2022

A bookstore specializing in sci-fi, fantasy and LGBTQIA books! Tucked away in Patrick Pool, this small but mighty bookshop is a welcoming and delightful place to visit. With friendly staff and shelves full of books to get lost in, this is a must visit. Books can also be purchased through their online store.

  • 5 Patrick Pool, York YO1 8BB
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Lucius Books

The Best Bookstores in York - Updated for 2022

Specializing in first editions, signed copies and manuscripts, this bookshop is a must for any collector or lover of rare books. It is a beautiful shop with wide floor to ceiling shelves in a light and airy space, thanks to the huge windows.

  • 144 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX
  • 01904 640111
  • Website

Oxfam Bookstore (Micklegate)

The Best Bookstores in York - Updated for 2022

This bright and cheerful bookshop is one of two Oxfam book locations in York! This has a very nice children’s and young adult corner with an area for the little ones to sit, read and play. Keep an eye out for vintage Penguin classics and contemporary first editions.

  • 46 Micklegate, York, YO1 6LF
  • 01904 652140
  • Website

Oxfam Bookstore (Low Petergate)

The Best Bookstores in York - Updated for 2022

Head to this Oxfam Books location for specialist non-fiction and a wide selection of paperback and hardback fiction. They also have CDs, DVDs, greeting cards, fair trade foods and gifts.

  • 69 Low Petergate, York, YO1 7HY
  • 01904 652749
  • Website

water stones

The Best Bookstores in York - Updated for 2022

This bookstore has something for everyone. Ranging from bestsellers, poetry, crime, science fiction, teens, children’s books, this sunny and friendly store will keep you browsing for hours. Keep an eye out for the wonderful Penguin Classics and make sure to stop for a coffee and cake in the cafe upstairs.

  • 15 Coney St, York, YO1 9QLO
  • 01904 620784
  • Website

Janette Ray

The Best Bookstores in York - Updated for 2022

Do look up! The stunning historic ceilings are as beautiful as the wide book collection that specializes in rare and out-of-print books from architecture and landscape design to photography and fine art. Open Wednesday to Saturday and outside these times by appointment.

  • 8 Bootham, York, YO30 7BL
  • 01904 623088
  • Website

Bookstore The Blue House

The Best Bookstores in York - Updated for 2022
Photo: Richard McDougall

A specialized independent children’s bookstore! Nestled on Bootham, this bookshop will delight young and old alike. Books are also for sale through their website.

  • 10 Bootham, York, YO30 7BL
  • 01904 927838
  • Website

Pitch 22

The Best Bookstores in York - Updated for 2022
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Not only can you find books here, but a wide selection of records from all genres and ever-changing art and collectibles.

  • 22 Fishergate, York, YO10 4AB
  • 07896 713988
  • Website

Grimoire bookstore

The Best Bookstores in York - Updated for 2022

An antiquarian and second-hand bookshop that also stocks prints and antiques. The brand new sci-fi and fantasy room upstairs is particularly fun to look around and has a wide selection of comics. They can’t display everything due to space, so ask if you’re looking for a particular book.

  • 7 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN
  • 01904 864244
  • Website

traveling man

The Best Bookstores in York - Updated for 2022

This is the place to be for graphic novels and manga, and why not buy a board game while you’re there? A haven for geeks of all kinds and a very nice and friendly shop to browse.

  • 74 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF
  • 01904 628787
  • Website

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