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Carnforth Bookshop

Type:Speciality Shop

38-42 Market Street, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9JX

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Tel: 01524 734 588

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Carnforth Bookshop

In response to the November 2020 lockdown restrictions we are offering the following services:

All books, cards, gifts, stationery, art materials and toys are available to order via phone or email for collection or free of charge delivery within the local area.  Postage to other destinations by arrangement.

We will be regularly updating our Facebook page with all of our new incoming Christmas stock so please take a look.

Please remember to shop local!

​​​​​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.

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Opening Times

Carnforth Book Shop (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Saturday09:00 - 17:00*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018


Road Directions

M6 J35 and A6 to Carnforth. Right at the traffic lights and bookshop is on right.

Public Transport Directions

Train to Carnforth, possible change in Lancaster. Regular bus from Lancaster or Kendal, also National Express.



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