Northern Ireland can boast about it's Independent Bookshops, the little hidden gems in our towns and cities and if you have the time, take a look for some local literature at one of these unique bookstores:
While the last few years haven’t been kind to independent bookshops, many have stood their ground and come out to fight another day. Here is a list of a few that Northern Ireland can boast about and if you have time take a look for some local literature at one of these unique bookstores:
No Alibi’s Bookshop, Belfast
No Alibis is Northern Ireland's only specialist crime bookstore, based in the leafy Botanic Avenue, Belfast. This book store is known for specialising in crime fiction and American studies publications. If you are looking for a novel, book or publication in the crime genre e.g. true life or fictional crime stories, thrillers, whodunits, mysteries, police and detective stories then then this bookshop is a must visit. This bookstore offers everything that you would expect from an innovative company with signed editions and special bookshop events including visiting authors. Make sure and check the website regularly to see what events are coming up and what special offers they currently have in the stores.
An Ceathrú Póilí, An Culturlánn, Belfast
Belfast’s Irish language bookshop, An Ceathrú Póilí, first opened in 1983 and after a rather nomadic existence, found a permanent home when Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich was founded, in 1991. The shop grew in tandem with the Irish speaking community in Belfast and is one of the few surviving independent bookshops in this age of the shop chain. Today, the shop stocks the most extensive, comprehensive range of Irish language books and resources in the North, as well as a selection of titles in English on various aspects of Irish life. We also sell an eclectic mix of gift, crafts and jewellery (most of which is locally sourced) as well as the best of Irish traditional music, t-shirts and Irish/bilingual cards for all occasions.
Foyle Bookstore, Derry
Situated in the very quaint Derry Craft Village, this second hand bookstore is one of the last in a long line of bookstores in Derry. Next door to a coffee shop, it sells both old and new books at a small price for both adults and children. Almost 50% of the books in this store are Irish related and with books dating as far back as 300 years ago, it's the ultimate place to go if you're hoping to find a good read.
An Cló Ceart, Derry
An Cló Ceart is an Irish language bookshop situated in the heart of Derry /Londonderry in the newly designed and award winning cultural centre, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin. They provide a wide range of books for learners of the language and for those with an interest in the language. An Cló Ceart stocks an extensive range of beautifully crafted handmade gifts from local providers throughout Northern Ireland. The crafts vary from glass, silver, and pewter jewellery to hand crafted slate work and scorched pine mirrors. An Cló Ceart sells a wide range of items but it is primarily a bookshop and it has an extensive range of Irish language books on sale, for learners, children, students and Irish speakers.
Carlisle Bookshop, Omagh
A newsagents below and housing a bookstore on the upper floor this is much more than your average bookshop. Also supplies magazines, newspapers, maps & travel guides, stationery, greeting cards, book tokens, diaries & personal organisers and lots more! Look out for a local author book signing.
The Bookstore, North Street, Belfast
Boasting thousands of books this bookstore has books literally piled on top of one another. Located in Belfast city centre pop by and have a chat with the owner and marvel at the array of second hand books on offer at this very rare bookstore.