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“My Favourite Bookshop”

Fred Holdsworth's Bookshop
Ranked #7 of 11 Shopping in Ambleside
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“My Favourite Bookshop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014

This has to be the most unique and atmospheric Bookshop in the Country,it is a must visit for the experience, huge selection of books and Steve the ever helpful,knowledgeable and eccentric owner.

Visited December 2013
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English first
Ambleside
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“My Favourite Bookshop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2014

To me Fred's Bookshop is the best and only bookshop in South Lakeland. I've been happily buying my books from Fred's for many years, it still retains that wonderful traditional bookshop feel and the staff always make me feel very welcome. The good thing about Fred's is that if the book I want isn't in stock, they will always try to get it in for the next day.

Visited May 2014
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Ambleside, United Kingdom
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“How books should be bought”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014

We don't need to have fond memories of visiting a bookshop there are still like Fred Holdsworth's, bookshops that remind you why you love books so much.

This is not a big shop but it still has some little nooks and crannies that you can ferret way to and spend time reading. The owner Steve - not Fred who has retired - is a great character and is very welcoming and charming. There's nothing the staff don't know about the latest books and often review them in their staff picks.

For the walker there's a massive map section that you'll find loads to dig into and often followed with advice. If you're taking the kids away give them a treat and they'll find a little Aladdin’s cave upstairs.

I love this shop they say the traditional book is dead but not here, it's very much alive and kicking...simply wonderful.

Visited May 2014
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