Ultimate travel guide: Best bookshops in the Cotswolds

Posted: 14/03/2019 By: Cheryl Webber

There’s nothing quite like walking through cobbled streets in the heart of the Cotswolds after enjoying a steaming pot of tea in a quaint corner café. This experience can only be complete by visiting a quintessentially British bookshop, independent in both its ownership and unique collection of novels. From local reads to national bestsellers, independent bookshops have a vast array of stories that attract a wide readership. If you’re planning to embark on a tranquil Cotswold getaway, keep reading so that you can discover some of the region’s most treasured bookshops.

Octavia’s Bookshop, Cirencester
Nestled within Cirencester’s town centre, this bookshop is listed as one of the best bookshops in the Cotswolds. Known for its fantastic range of children’s books, this magical, brightly coloured book haven brings enjoyment to all its visitors. In addition to specialising in children’s literature, a vast range of adult’s books can be found – including bestselling novels. Octavia’s Bookshop also hosts an array of interactive activities and birthday parties – and sells bespoke gift vouchers. If you’re looking to visit between July and August, be sure to attend Octavia’s Book Week, which will feature unmissable special events.

Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Tetbury
Built upon stacks of old-fashioned wooden shelves that hold an abundance of literary classics and bestselling novels, the Yellow-Lighted Bookshop in Tetbury is a true hidden gem that offers its visitors something really special. Featuring a range of genres, you’ll never be short of choice – and once you have found an intriguing novel, the cosy corner featuring a sofa and fairy lights provides the perfect setting to get lost in a gripping story. In addition to hosting literary events, the team take time to donate books to local schools, whilst working with them to create booklists for teachers and run book fairs.

Madhatter Bookshop, Burford
Located in the quaint Cotswold town of Burford, the Madhatter Bookshop truly is a wonderland of not only gripping novels, but also a unique array of hats which have a story to tell. Staying true to the town it’s situated in, the Madhatter Bookshop proudly displays a wide range of books by local authors – something of a rare find in many national bookstores.

Evergreen Livres, Stow-on-the-Wold
Nestled amongst narrow streets and true Cotswold stone, this cosy bookshop provides the perfect shelter for a rainy day. Offering a wide selection of second-hand and antique books that span an array of genres, you’ll not only explore your inner bookworm, but also have the opportunity to get your hands on some truly special finds. With accompanying indoor seating, there’s also chance to settle down and enjoy a good read.

Jaffé & Neale, Chipping Norton
Spanning over two floors, this popular bookshop features a wide range of titles – from bestselling children’s novels to fascinating adult’s books just waiting to be discovered. Perfect for exploring on a rainy afternoon, this bookshop also integrates a cosy café where visitors can enjoy an array of tasty treats.

Once you’ve had a gander around some of Cotswold’s best bookshops, why not come and visit us at Kings Head? Whether you join us for a spot of lunch, a cup of warming tea by the fire or decide to stay overnight with us in one of our cosy bedrooms, you’ll experience true Cotswold provenance in our designs and service. To find out more, please click here.

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