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Carnforth Bookshop

Type: Speciality Shop

38-42 Market Street

Tel: 01524 734588

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Carnforth Bookshop

Carnforth Bookshop is an independent, family run bookshop at the heart of the historic town of Carnforth, Lancashire. We are proud to be part of the local community and support local jobs. The town is best know for its history with the railways and ironworks, and was famously used as a filming location for David Lean’s ‘Brief Encounter’ with the famous clock and refreshment room still an attraction today.

The bookshop was established in 1977 and is situated across three floors and many rooms, although there was a much earlier bookshop on the site during the Victorian period. Nowadays we stock a wide variety of products, including New, Second Hand and Antiquarian Books, as well as a large selection of Maps.

Our New Books Department is situated on the Ground Floor. We stock the latest bestsellers, as well as many other titles and subjects, including a huge selection of Local Interest books and Cicerone Walking Guides. Our shop also stocks an exciting selection of Food & Drink, Cookery, Popular Science, Travel and History books as well as Study Guides, Puzzle Books and unique titles. We also hold in stock a huge range OS, A-Z and Michelin Maps. We offer a fast and reliable book ordering service and our Books can be shipped nationally and internationally. They can be ordered in store, by telephone, e-mail or social media.

Our Second Hand Books Department is located on the Upper Two floors, covering 16 rooms and containing over 100,000 books. Our rooms cater for a wide selection of interests from Local Interest and old Maps, to Railways & Transport, Children’s books, Art & Architecture, Biography and History as well as many more subjects. We also have a catalogued books room which contains some of our rarer books. On the first floor you will also find our cafe area with a comfortable sofa, tables and a self service coffee machine, the perfect place to take a break and have a look our books.

The shop also sells a large selection of Cards and Gifts, Children’s Toys, Stationery and Art Materials. We also have Seasonal Ranges in stock from Valentines Day and Easter, to Halloween and Christmas.


  • National Awards***Member of Marketing Lancashire ***Member of Marketing Lancashire 2014

Opening Times

Carnforth Book Shop (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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