Monday, 25 September 2017

Bookshops in Notts

The trail below is a work in progress so please contact me with the name/details of any Nottinghamshire bookshop missing from this list.

A Walking Tour of Nottingham’s Bookshops – from the oldest to the newest

We begin at Jermy & Westerman.

293 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FS
Open: Mon-Sat 11am-5pm

Nottingham’s best second-hand bookshop was established in 1978. The shop, which also sells some new books, has been owned by Geoff & Richard Blore (father and son) since 1987. The ground floor houses antiquarian books of local relevance as well as a tearoom. As the stairs climb upwards, so do their eclectic mix of books, which cover every wall and crevice. The shop was one of the host venues for the Nottingham Poetry Festival 2017, with performances from Nottingham poets Andrew Martin, Trevor Wright, Rosie Garner and Henry Normal.

Head down Mansfield Road, to the Intu Victoria Centre.

Once inside the main thoroughfare, look ahead, diagonally right, and you'll notice a branch of WHSmith.

124-126, Victoria Centre, Victoria Street, Nottingham, NG1 3QD
Twitter @WHSmith
Open: Mon-Sat 8:30am-5:30pm, Sun 10:30am-4:30pm

This store hosts celebrity appearances and book signings. All its fiction, non-fiction and magazines are on the ground floor but for our next stop you’ll need to take the escalator up a level.

Head along a little farther and seek out the Victoria Market, Nottingham’s largest indoor market.

On the left hand side is Mary and Tony’s Books.

Victoria Market, Nottingham, NG1 3PS
Open: t.b.c.

In the middle of the last century D P Storey had a bookstall on the old Nottingham market. Mr Storey is now 98 years old and, unsurprisingly, retired, but his passion for bookselling has been inherited by his daughter. Mary began working with him when she left school and still sells books as one half of Mary & Tony's Books. They changed the name from D P Storey to Mary and Tony’s as that’s how customers referred to them. These friendly sellers of second-hand books (and the odd new book) are one of the few survivors from the time the market moved to the Vicky Centre back in the mid-1970s.
Tony, one half of Tony and Mary's

Head down and exit the shopping centre, then take a left on Lower Parliament Street.

As you pass Argos, note that it was about here in 1826 that Susannah Wright set up her first freethought bookstall, in what was then the Tradesmen's Mart. After one week, she moved across to Goose Gate in Hockley, and that’s where we are headed as we cross the road and cut through to Broad Street.

On the right is Rough Trade.

5 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AJ
Twitter @roughtradenottm
Open: Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm (Music Floor 8pm), Fri-Sat 10am-11pm (Music Floor 8pm), Sun 11am-10pm (Music Floor 7pm)

The Nottingham branch of Rough Trade opened in 2014. More associated with music, Rough Trade also sells new books and hosts literary events, supporting local authors and poets alike.

At the end of Broad Street you might fancy turning left and taking a look inside Bookwise.

10 Goose Gate, Nottingham, NG1 1FF
Twitter @BookwiseNottm
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm

Proceeds from this charity shop go to Music for Everyone, a music-education charity which provides imaginative music participation opportunities across Nottingham and the region. As the CDs are front of house you’ll find most of the second-hand books upstairs.

There are more preloved books to be discovered at Oxfam.

16-22 Goose Gate, Nottingham, NG1 1FF
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sun 12-4pm

This stylish branch of Oxfam opened in 2009.

Up the hill we join Carlton Street. Carry on to Byron’s green plaque then continue down Victoria Street.

At Bridlesmith Gate turn left. From here you’ll see Nottingham’s largest bookshop, Waterstones.

1-5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2GR
Twitter @WaterstonesNG
Open: Mon-Sat 9am-6:30pm, Sun 11am-5pm

This grand Victorian building fills five floors, a coffee shop and a large events’ room.

From Waterstones take a walk down St Peter’s Gate.

On the left is St Peter’s Church which has a small Christian bookshop at the entrance to a large coffee shop.

Open: Mon-Fri 10am-2:30pm

Move along to Wheeler Gate.

For over a century there was a bookshop on Wheeler Gate (1897-2005). The once impressive store is now flats and a Sainsbury’s Express.

At the end of the street you might fancy a short trip up Friar Lane to Forbidden Planet, if the comic, manga, anime, graphic-art forms of fantasy are your bag.

19-23 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6DA
Open: Mon-Sat 9am-5:30pm, Sun 11:00am-4pm

Otherwise, continue up Beastmarket Hill and take the natural left of Angel Row (if it’s a Thursday or Friday).

Opposite Central Library is West End Arcade, inside which you’ll discover Books and Pieces.

19 West End Arcade, Angel Row, Nottingham, NG1 6JN
Open: Thurs & Fri daytime.

It’s a small unit, rammed with thousands of used books.

Walking back towards the Old Market Square you’ll pass Market Street on your left. Up here is Page 45.

9 Market Street, Nottingham, NG1 6HY
Twitter @PageFortyFive

Created in 1994, Page 45 sells comics and graphic novels, as well as second-hand books. It’s an award-winning shop of which Neil Gaiman said, “I’ve long thought that Page 45 is the best graphic novel shop I’ve ever been to…”

Also on Market Street is Oxfam Books & Music.

19 Market Street, Nottingham NG1 6HX

After the delights of Market Street continue back along Low Pavement, to the Nottingham Tourism Centre.

1-4 Smithy Row, Nottingham, NG1 2BY
Open:  Mon-Sat 9:30am-5:30pm

Another award-winning venue, the Tourism Centre stocks a decent selection of books of local interest.

Looking across and right from here is The Works.

14 Long Row, Nottingham City Centre, Nottingham, NG1 2DH

The Works has a good stock of new books with commercial fiction and non-fiction at reasonable prices.

Next door is our final destination, Five Leaves Bookshop.

14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH
Twitter @FiveLeavesBooks
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 12-4pm

Radical and independent, Five Leaves opened their doors in 2013. They stock a good selection of new books with sections devoted to poetry, beat writers, art, travel, anarchism, Jewish interest, LGBT issues, black history, philosophy and spiritualism. The venue hosts book launches, poetry readings and more with a busy programme of literary events. They even run their own mini-festival, Bread and Roses.

Other City Centre Bookshops

Bargain Book Time
12 Broadwalk, Broadmarsh, Nottingham, NG1 7LE
Open: Mon-Sat 9-5.30pm, Sun 10:30am-4:30pm

This store opened in 2010 and has a wide selection of new books.

Ideas on Paper
Unit 4b, Cobden Chambers, Nottingham, NG1 2ED
Twitter @Ideas_on_Paper

A selection of magazines, journals, and books on fashion, art, culture, design, business, economics, food, wine and travel. The shop focuses on independent publications.


38 Listergate, Nottingham, NG1 7DD

Blackwells University Bookshop

Chaucer Building, Goldsmith St, Nottingham, NG1 5LT

More Notts Bookshops


50 Main Street, Lowdham, Nottingham, NG14 7BE
Twitter @TheBookcase1
Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-4pm

An award-winning independent bookshop situated in the heart of Lowdham. This small but perfectly formed shop was founded in 1996.

Strays Newark

17-21 Boar Lane, Newark, NG24 1AJ
Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-12noon, Sun 9am-5pm.

A family owned business that has been selling books in Newark since 1994, specialising in books for children and young adults, they also stock local titles, history, travel and literature.

Gladstone Books

No.2 Bull Yard, (off King St & Queen St via Harmans Walk), Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0EH
Open: Thurs-Fri mornings and afternoons, Sat morning.

About 3000 high quality books are on display, with good selections of classical and modern fiction, history, poetry, essays, biographies, local and natural history, gardening, various arts and crafts, philosophy, theology, sociology, politics and reference books.

Beeston Bookshop
58 High Road, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2JQ

Beeston Bookshop is a long established 'remaindered' bookshop selling discontinued books.

Book Law Publications

382 Carlton Hill, Carlton, Nottingham, NG4 1AJ

Established in 1987, they specialise in transport books, which this family business also publishes.

The Mustard Seed
2 Main Road, Gedling, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG4 3HP
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

A Christian bookshop and tearoom, it’s been around for over 30 years.

Blackwells University Bookshop

University of Nottingham, Portland Building, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Twitter @BlackwellsUofN ‏

Blackwells University Bookshop

Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Clifton, NG11 8NS

The Works

43 Market Place, Newark, NG24 1EG
Open: Mon-Sat 9am-5:30pmm, Sun 10am-4pm

Caliver Books

40a Percy Street, Eastwood, Nottingham, NG16 3EP
Open: Mon-Sat 9:30am-4.45pm

Purveyors of military and historical books.


1 Spa Lane, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 6EA

Oxfam Bookshop

12 Central Avenue, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 5GR

Bookwise, Newark 

Church Street, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1DT  
Open: Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm.

Bookwise, Southwell

2 Queen Street, Southwell, NG25 0AA
Open: Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm.


54 Bridge Place, Worksop, S80 1JN     


Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Mansfield, NG18 1SN      


24-26 Front Street, Arnold, NG5 7EL


Kingsmill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton-In-Ashfield, NG17 4JL


Market Place, Newark        


55 High Street, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 1HZ


25 High Road, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 2JQ


142 Front Street, Arnold, Nottingham, NG5 7EG


25 Plains Road, Mapperley, Nottingham, NG3 5LG


650 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 2GA


58 High Road, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2JP

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