Heygates Bookshop
Heygates Bookshop
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Established in 1968, Heygates Bookshop relocated to its new larger premises at Bognor Regis Railway Station in 2021. Offering almost 250,000 preloved and new books, antiquarian books, modern first editions, comics and annuals.
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  • Clare M
    2 contributions
    Absolutely Superb Bookshop
    I absolutely love the new shop. The old one was great but this is just brilliant. Jason is always on top form and leaves you to browse or will happily recommend authors personalised to your specification. There are so many books, reasonably priced, across all genres, to choose from. It is a highlight of our annual pilgrimage to Bognor. It is well worth a visit and in a very handy location too - right by the train station. I cannot wait for the coffee machine to be installed and I hope there will be tea too! Oh and the postcards are marvellous too!
    Thank you so much for such a lovely review, we really do appreciate it. We are still working on the coffee machine, but be assured there will also be tea. We look forward to welcoming you back, and hopefully by then we will be able to offer you a 'brew to browse' with.
    Written February 21, 2022
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    Written January 18, 2022
  • Karl B
    6 contributions
    Dumbledore, an old Sussex word for bee!
    Discovering this fantastic bookshop was one of the highlights of my week away in Bognor Regis with the clan. Such spaces are a dying breed. The selection of new, preloved and antiquarian books is vast, the unmistakable smell of Lignin brings the sense of nostalgia. My wife, son, daughter and myself all returned home with books of interest catering to our differing tastes, Equine, Feline, Aviation and History. The proprietor was engaging, informative and polite. The kids were also given the opportunity to push their luggage through into Platform 9 & 3/4 with it being The Magic of Books Day! If you like your books I thoroughly recommend paying Heygates Bookshop a visit next time you are in Bognor Regis.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a lovely review, we really do appreciate it. We are so glad tat you enjoyed your visit to our shop, and Platform 9 3/4, and hope that we can welcome you back one day in the future.
    Written August 11, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2022
  • Ali M
    Bristol, United Kingdom3 contributions
    Heygates - a brilliant bookshop in Bognor Regis!
    Heygates bookshop in Bognor Regis is an absolute treasure trove of delights and temptations, and quite literally the bookshop of my dreams. There are shelves and shelves of books on every topic, new and old, ridiculous and sublime. The shop feels like a proper old bookshop, and yet it's light, bright and modern too, with some excellent decorations and displays lovingly created by the owner, Jason, who brings the whole place to life with his enthusiasm and character. It's so good to see a shop like this in Bognor Regis. Having grown up here I admit I thought of Bognor as tired and sleepy, but Heygates is breathing new life and colour into the town. Here's to more of that! If you happen to find yourself in Bognor Regis, do pay it a visit!
    Thank you SO much for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review, we really do appreciate it. We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit to our book emporium, and the 'vibe' that we are trying to create not only for shop, but also for the town. We VERY much hope that we will be able to to welcome you back in the future and maybe surprise you with a few new additions.
    Written September 16, 2021
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    Written September 14, 2021
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emma k
1 contribution
Aug 2021
This bookshop is an absolute gem. Now located conveniently next to the towns railway station you can easily lose an hour...or more, browsing the stacks. All of your favourite genres and authors, classics and oddities, puzzles and bits and bobs, comic-books and graphic novels, there is something for everyone. Chairs are dotted about for the weary bookworm and Jason, the owner, is always at hand for any inquiries. Whether you want a quick thriller to read on the train, an exact copy of a childhood favourite or Fly Fishing by JR Hartley, you will always find something in Heygates.
Written August 18, 2021
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We are so pleased that you enjoyed you visit to our shop and took the time out to write us a review - we really do apricate it. We are also thrilled that you enjoy the range of books we have on offer, as it it our aim to try and have a little bit of something for everybody, be it a thriller, memory of childhood or even a classic tale. Thank you again for your custom and kind words.
Written August 24, 2021
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Leigh L
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
Heygates is absolutely stunning in its new location, spacious and of course beautifully organised. There is something about this shop that just gives you all the best vibes, a massive selection of books, an owner who knows his stuff and the genuine love for books is just up-lifting.

Popped in with my 10 year old twin boys, they love the kids section and always leave with something exciting to read and will try new authors based on recommendations which is fantastic.

Also thank you for convincing my son 10 is a tad young for Lord of the Rings- we shall save that one for a few years time. The kids horror book saved the day (and my sanity!)
Written August 14, 2021
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We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit, and took time out to write us review - we really do apricate each and every one we receive. We are always happy to advise on books for children, and it is not always content that is unsuitable for a child, more they might just spend most of there time asking you to explain some of the words (meanings, context etc.) Tolkien is an amazing read, and will will leave an impression that lasts a life time, but at the age of 10, maybe Tolkien's book: Tales From The Perilous Realm might be a good starting point, to get him used to the style to writing. We very much hope to welcome you back one day soon.
Written August 24, 2021
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hmiles989935
Chichester, UK2 contributions
Oct 2019
Heygates is a fabulous book shop that goes on for ever as you walk back through the shop. Very friendly and helpful service. This is the kind of place you can get lost in for hours and find hidden gems. If you love books this is a must visit place.
Written January 20, 2020
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write as a review and such kind words. We always jest that the shop goes back as far a Narnia, which is a slight lie, but it makes people chuckle! We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to our shop, and hope to welcome you back in the near future.
Written January 30, 2020
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Kim A
9 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
What a find! This shop is in my hometown and…embarrassingly I had never been till last week. I saw it had won an award from muddy stilettos and brought my very bookish friend along. Well. Needless to say I lost her for a good half an hour in the atmospheric isles of books, new, preloved and even audiobooks. Not just an intimidating collection of cannon books, nay nay, a huge selection of books, including kids books, puzzles and an easy reading section. Plus a lovely collection of non fiction books, and a quaint courtyard to boot.

I’d recommend a chat with the informed, interested and enthusiastic owner, and definitely a hot chocolate too. They even take secondhand books off your hands, which gets you money off purchases in store. Plus if you get carried away, sturdy bags for life are available behind the counter. They’ve thought of everything.

I also attended the event this weekend where they had a children's author in to read a book, and sign them, with colouring and stickers available, plus they decked the place out for a Harry Potter themed day. It was great, they even had the platform 9 and 3/4 trolley in the wall which is just fabulous given its railway station location.

Over all - a welcoming, atmospheric, generous place, not stuck up, smells great and lovely friendly staff. Thoroughly deserving of an excellent review. I’ll be frequenting this place for sure.
Written July 31, 2022
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Thank you soooooo much for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. Thank you also for your very kind words, we really do appreciate them. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit to us, and hope that we can welcome you back soon for further chats about books and the world in general. T
Written August 2, 2022
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Nicki C
Bognor Regis, UK20 contributions
Aug 2021
First visit to the new premises next to Bognor train station (although I visited the old shop many times) and it is brilliant. The move to a bigger shop was worth it, and it still has its secondhand bookshop charm - quote from The Husband.
Love the decor and all the shelves to have a rummage through. LOVE the royalty history section! And love love love Jason - the owner. He never fails to make me smile and laugh with his stories and creative imagination.
It is definitely worth a visit if you like all things literature, quirky and fun. We came away with bags of books and big grins.
Written August 3, 2021
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review, we really do appreciate it. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit to our new shop and hope to welcome you back soon.
Written August 13, 2021
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Kate T
2 contributions
Aug 2021
Heygates bookshop is everything a brilliant bookshop should be and more. There is an enormous selection of books, both preloved and new, in a fantastic location. The owner is incredibly friendly and his love and enthusiasm for all things book-related is contagious. My children came out of the shop with a huge stack of books and now want to stop by every time we are in town. This is a real gem of a shop that is well worth a visit.
Written August 19, 2021
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write us review, we really do apricate it. We are also happy that you and your children enjoyed your visit to us, and we hope that we will be able to welcome you back one soon.
Written August 24, 2021
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WestCountryGreenMan
Shaftesbury, UK230 contributions
Jan 2020
I popped in to the Heygate the other week and bought the 1st two books in the Railway Detective series. When I was in town yesterday I couldn't resist popping in again whilst my parents made their way to the nearby Wetherspoons. I ended up buying another two books.

The Heygates is an Aladdins cave, going back a long way and full with a brilliant selection of wonderful books. The owner is so friendly, helpful and chatty as well. Even though I live over in the Worthing area I'll definitely make the effort to visit The Heygate to buy books; I need to complete my 'The Railway Detective' series and hopefully be able to buy the rest of Gregory Maguire's Oz books from you.
Written January 29, 2020
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review, we REALLY do appreciate it. We also love the Oz books written by Gregory Maguire, so always keep an eye out for them and hope to get some back in stock soon. Thanks again for your custom, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
Written January 30, 2020
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Lisa W
Arklow, Ireland12 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
OMG if I could live in this shop I would! It's so rare these days to find a good bookstore, but to find one where I feel at home is rare. If you're a true book lover, enjoy browsing through countless shelves, and rooms, with every possible subject matter, then this is your place. The owner is brilliant, and I enjoyed the conversation as well as the tips on authors and books I may have never have stumbled across was a joy in itself. Thank you for finishing off my trip back home with a flourish, next time I'm over I'll be in to stock up. Now if you fancy opening a sister store in Ireland let me know I'll be there.
Written January 3, 2023
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Laura R
1 contribution
May 2022 • Business
went over to book shop to support a client on there holiday, the shop owner was FANTASTIC. lovely guy and had a good laugh. he has an AMAZING collection and well kept store. we could of spent hours in there :)
Written May 25, 2022
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Thank you so much for your kind words and lovely review, we seriously love that you and so many of our visitors take the time to leave them, and hope that we will be able to welcome you back some day.
Written July 25, 2022
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EWH11
Alton, UK24 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Slightly off the main high street we found this gem of a place. Jason, the owner, is well read and has great knowledge of his stock. He is in for a chat and knows his customers. Good prices for great books. Worth a visit when you’re in the area
Written July 3, 2020
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We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to our shop, and hope that we will be able to welcome you back one day soon. We would also like to thank you for taking the time to write us a review, and to let you know we really appreciate you taking the time to do so.
Written July 26, 2020
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  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM