Beckside Books Penrith


Est’d 2007, Beckside Books is a 2nd hand and antiquarian bookshop tucked away in a central but quiet part of the historic town of Penrith, N.Cumbria, just 5 minutes from the Lake District national park. The 18th century listed building has housed a bookshop of one sort or another for 30 of the last 43 years.

However, originally it was part of a terrace with small yards at the rear and then went on to become the bus drivers’ restroom before the bus station was relocated.

It overlooks the peaceful gardens of St Andrew’s Church and the ‘Giant’s Grave’, legendary burial place of Owen Caesarius, 10th century King of Cumbria. The church is well worth a visit while you’re here, with its 13th century tower, 17th century font and 18th century clock.

As well as a very broad range of very reasonably priced books, we also have a large selection of maps and some photos, postcards and cigarette cards. Browsers are more than welcome. Free parking discs. Gift vouchers available.

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