Minster Gate Bookshop


The first time I visited York, I stepped off the train and into this bookshop. A little serendipitously, as it’s quite easy to miss nestled down a little alley close to York Minster, hence the name. Cosily squeezed in over five floors of a traditional Georgian townhouse, Minster Gate Bookshop is a welcoming hub for bibliophiles to lose themselves.

Specialising in maps, lithographs, local history and rare and antique books, Minster Gate in York is also a fantastic place to pickup some poetry and classic literature. First time I visited here I lucked upon matching copies of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath poetry collections, and it was a tough choice from the selection of literature on offer.

The lane upon which Minster Gate Bookshop is found was originally known as Bookland Lane, and has been associated with bookselling as far back as 1580. Steeped in history and romantic ideas, this charming little bookshop is the perfect place to begin a day of bookhunting in York.

The Minster Gate Bookshop, 8 Minster Gates, York

Fossgate Books


One of York’s oldest shopping streets, Fossgate is a real hidden gem in the city. Home to various independent bars, shops and cafes, it’s the perfect place to discover something you wouldn’t find on the high street. Fossgate Books is no exception, with two floors on an historic building filled with rare and antique books; academic reads; scholarly titles and popular fiction.

Fossgate Books, 36 Fossgate, York


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