"This treasure trove caters for all ages - Carnforth Bookshop"
News from Nowhere, Liverpool
Describing itself as 'Liverpool's Radical and Community Bookshop', they don't come more independent than News from Nowhere on Bold Street. A literary paradise for any true lefty, the store is run as a workers' cooperative and has shelves lined with everything from global inequality to peace and performing arts.
Go by train: Liverpool
Minster Gate Bookshop, York
Situated next to York Minster, on a street famed for bookselling since the 16th century, it's not just this store's collections on folklore and Arthurian literature that exude a sense of history. Seller of antiquarian and second-hand books, the Minster Gate Bookshop has five floors of page-turners and old maps on offer.
Go by train: York
The Carnforth Bookshop, Carnforth
Just a short walk from the train station is the Carnforth Bookshop, on Market Street. Boasting extensive collections of both new and second-hand books, this treasure trove caters for all ages. There's a specialist children's room as well as an all-important sofa area for those in need of a break and caffeine hit!
Go by train: Carnforth
The People's Bookshop, Durham
Operating out of an attic by Saddlers Street, the People's Bookshop carries the rare honour of being a new independent bookstore. Steeped in the belief that local bookshops should reflect their region, it has a great local history section and wonderful views of the castle, once you've done battle with the stairs!
Go by train: Durham
Analogue Books, Edinburgh
An art bookshop with a difference, Analogue doubles up as a gallery and design space, making it the perfect place to find out about local artists and art movements. Located on Candlemaker Row, this creative hub (main picture) has some fairly wacky offerings, making it well worth a browse for any artistic eye.
Go by train: Edinburgh