5 best independent bookshops in Bristol: second-hand and new bookstores to visit on World Book Day 2022

World Book Day 2022 is upon us as bookworms across Bristol hunt for the best independent book shops to celebrate

A global tradition for the last 27 years, World Book Day allows people from all over Bristol to celebrate literature in many different ways.

In the UK, World Book Day is celebrated annually on the first Thursday of March - which falls on March 3 in 2022.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the first event in the UK, the theme for World Book Day 2022 is ‘You Are a Reader’ and focuses on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Here’s our list of the best independent bookshops in Bristol.

The Last Bookshop

Doors open at 9:30 am to 6:30 pm from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 7 pm on Saturdays and 10 am to 6 pm on a Sunday.

The Last Bookshop is a popular destination for readers in Bristol, with many praising the store for its wide range of stock and its affordable prices.

Some books cost as little as £3 which shows that celebrating World Book Day does not need to break the bank.

To visit the store during the event on Thursday, March 3, doors open at 9:30 am before closing at 6:30 pm.

60 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5JN, facebook.com/lastbookshopbristol/

Bloom & Curll

Known for being a bookshop with a lot of heart, Bloom & Curll has that classic feel that hits you as soon as you enter its doors.

Doors open at 11 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday and the store is closed on weekends.

With highly knowledgeable staff to offer you as much information or detail you could wish for, this could well be the perfect place to visit on World Book Day this year.

74 Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5BB, www.bloomandcurll.co.uk/

Dreadnought Books

Dreadnought Books is a remarkable second-hand bookstore in Bristol that will be more than welcoming if you visit to celebrate World Book Day this year.

What it lacks in size - being a relatively small shop - it more than makes up for in the scope of different books that it boasts.

Despite being closed from Sunday to Tuesday, make sure to visit when doors are open from 12 pm to 6 pm from Wednesday to Saturday.

Its stock is also featured online in marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay if you can not visit the store in person.

125 St. Georges Road, Bristol, BS1 5UW, dreadnoughtbooks.co.uk


This independent bookstore is a pure celebration of reading that you must visit this World Book Day.

Wide selection of books will be at your fingertips, all available at affordable prices.

Doors open from 10 am to 6 pm from Tuesday to Saturday, and 11 am to 4 pm on Sundays.

Storysmith offer an online service to order books from the comfort of your own home, as well as serving piping hot cups of coffee for you to enjoy in the store!

236 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1JD, storysmithbooks.com

Book for Amnesty

Serving the local Bristol area for over a decade, Book for Amnesty is a charity second-hand bookstore offering a wide range of stock to be enjoyed come March 3.

Boasting a selection of fiction and non-fiction books, as well as children’s books and graphic novels, this store certainly has something for everyone.

Doors are open from 10 am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday, 10:30 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and the store is closed on Sundays.