There are many excellent bookshops in the Peak District and surrounding areas. Some of them are well known and others are hidden away. We’ve listed a selection of independent booksellers that are based in the Peak District National Park (UK) and just outside – grouping them to the nearest town.
Where available, we’ve included normal opening hours and Covid hours. There are also links to buy online from each shop where this is an option.
All photographs taken by The Book Family Rogerson unless stated in the caption.
Matlock is the county town of Derbyshire and is known for its dramatic scenery. Although not technically in the Peak District National Park, it acts as one of the gateways. You can find two fine bookshops within a three mile radius. There are also a number of independent retailers in town, many selling vintage homeware.
The Barrister’s Book Chamber is tucked away in a quaint courtyard minutes away from the centre of Matlock. Selling secondhand titles, it has two beautifully-decorated rooms – one for adults and the other for children.
The range of books is wide – from contemporary thrillers through to hardback classics. They also stock a selection of lesser known titles with beautiful vintage covers. Angela and Laura, the owners, have created a welcoming, cosy space with a fireplace and armchairs. Perfect for a leisurely browse.
Address: The Barrister’s Book Chamber, The Courtyard, Dale Road, Matlock DE4 3LT
Hours: The shop is now trialling opening Thursday to Saturday 11am to 3pm. You can buy vouchers and book bundles via their Etsy shop.
Parking: There are Pay & Display car parks near to the station just around the corner and further down Dale Road
Scarthin Books is probably the most famous of the bookshops in the Peak District. Located just under 3 miles away from Matlock in the historic village of Cromford, this quirky bookstore sits beside a tranquil mill pond.
Mazelike-inside, it stretches over three floors and has numerous nooks and crannies as well as a vegan/vegetarian cafe. There are thousands of new and secondhand books to marvel at so you really need to set aside a good few hours to explore this place fully. We wrote about one of our many visits to Scarthin Books here.
Address: Scarthin Books, The Promenade, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3QF
Hours: Timed entry from Monday to Friday 12pm-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm with restrictions (see here). The cafe and toilets are closed at the moment.
Parking: You can park for free on the promenade outside and on the surrounding roads.
Bookshops Near Bakewell
Bakewell is right in the heart of the Peak District and is a great destination for bibliophiles. It has a variety of new and secondhand booksellers as well as a number of charity shops. The town itself is pretty and easy to walk around in half a day although it does get very busy.
The Bakewell Emporium
If you’re searching for a bookish cafe in Bakewell, this is the place for you. Spread across two rooms, this bright coffee bar sells books and looks out across the The Square. During normal operation, the bookstore holds events ranging from book clubs to local author signings. It used to be called the Bakewell Bookshop but the stock in the shop is now limited to bestsellers, guides, gifts and maps.
Address: The Bakewell Emporium, Matlock St, Bakewell DE45 1EE, UK
Hours: Monday to Sunday 9am – 5pm. There’s no information about Covid-19 hours on their Facebook page so give them a call on 01629 812818 if you’re hoping to visit.
Parking: There are several large Pay & Display car parks in Bakewell. You can sometimes find free spaces on nearby streets.
Hawkridge Books can be found a few doors down from Bakewell Books. This antiquarian bookshop may look small from the exterior, but it’s much larger inside. With over 9000 titles in stock, Hawkridge specialises in natural history and ornithology books. The bookstore also has an impressive collection of Folio Society editions. Well-behaved children are welcome but the bookshop doesn’t have a kids’ section so bear this in mind if you visit. The owner also buys good quality books.
Address: Hawkridge Books, 14 Matlock Street Bakewell DE45 1EE
Hours: Normally Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am to 5pm but closed due to Covid-19. The shop is planning to open in a couple of weeks. You can search for stock and order online.
Book End is located the bridge and is run by volunteers. Sales from this charity bookshop fund a local community transport scheme.
There are around 2000 books on sale at any one time, all donated by local residents. These cover a wide range of genres from fiction to guides to collectables. The charity is always on the lookout for donations, which you can drop off at the shop.
Address: Book End Book Shop, Bridge House, Bridge Street. Bakewell, DE45 1DS
Hours: Usually Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am – 5pm: Sunday 11am – 4pm (check latest info at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bookshops near Buxton
The spa town of Buxton is home to two independent bookshops, with another three within easy driving distance. A hub for the arts, Buxton also has an opera house, a museum and several galleries – making it one of the best bases for a trip to the Peak District
Scrivener’s Books and Bookbinding has been running as a secondhand bookshop since 1997. Spread over five floors, it sells an extensive range of genres. At the moment, physical visits are restricted but they sell collectables on AbeBooks.
Families are welcome during normal opening and there’s a comfy lounge area on the first floor with games and an honesty snack area. You can see more of the shop in our post here.
Hours: Normally the shop opens Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm but is trialling limited hours at the moment. Find out more on their Facebook page.
Parking: There is plenty of free parking on the surrounding streets. You can also find Pay & Display car parks in the centre of Buxton.
Chapter and Verse is an independent Christian bookshop run by a charitable trust. This specialist bookstore is situated near to Scrivener’s Books in Higher Buxton. It sells Christian books for adults and children, gifts, cards and music.
The shop is currently closed and doesn’t have an online store. We recommend you keep an eye on the website to find out when this will be open again.
Address: Chapter and Verse, 2/4 Market Street, Buxton, SK17 6JY
Hours: Usually open 9.30am to 5pm apart from Wednesdays and Sundays. Check the website for Covid opening hours.
The High Peak Bookstore & Cafe (formerly known as Bookstore Brierlow Bar) is a destination in its own right. Only a short drive from Buxton on the Ashbourne (A515) road, this bookseller has a popular cafe and a dedicated children’s book room.
Stocking new books – most at less than half price – this is an ideal spot to find well-known titles at bargain prices. The bookstore also offers a range of CDs, bird feeders and cards.
Address: High Peak Bookstore and Café, Ashbourne Road, Buxton SK17 9PY.
Hours: 11am to 4pm (current). The cafe is offering takeaways with a reduced menu.
Parking: There is a large free car park adjacent to the bookshop.
Peak Volumes is a characterful antiquarian and secondhand bookshop in the village of Tideswell (approximately 15 minutes’ drive from Buxton). Covering the ground floor of the former bank, the bookstore has an eclectic range of vintage titles covering fiction and non-fiction. Children will love the pic’n’mix sweet stall. Cards and wrapping paper are also available to buy.
Address: Peak Volumes, Guildhall, Bank Square, Tideswell SK17 8NT.
Hours: The shop is now open Thursday to Sunday 10.30am to 5.30pm.
Parking: You can find free parking throughout Tideswell village.
Reading Matters bookshop is a little way off the obvious tourist routes in the small town of Chapel-en-le-Frith (around 15 minutes’ drive from Buxton). This ‘little bookshop with heart’ stocks a well-curated selection of new books and has a children’s corner.
Address: 48 Market Street, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak SK23 0HY
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.15am to 5.30pm, Wednesday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 9.15am to 5pm
Parking: There is parking outside the shop for up to 40 minutes or use the supermarket car park.
We hope you enjoyed this round-up of bookshops in the Peak District. We feel very lucky to live in an area with so many thriving small bookstores, but they need your custom more than ever right now. We’ll keep on adding to this so please leave us a comment below or contact us if you have a suggestion.
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