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“Do NOT pass this shop without calling in! You won't be disappointed.”

Bookstore Brierlow Bar
Ranked #1 of 6 Shopping in Buxton
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Owner description: ........................................................................ Bookstore Brierlow Bar is one of the country's largest independent bookshops, offering incredible breadth and depth of titles and subject areas, for both general and specialist booklovers. Knowledgeable, friendly staff are on hand at all times, in a spacious, relaxing atmosphere in which you can browse at leisure. ***New Coffee Bar*** We are very excited to announce that Bookstore Brierlow Coffee Bar is now open for business! Come and join us for a freshly ground coffee (we are proud to serve Fair Trade), or sample one of our Gold Award winning, loose leaf Novus teas. We have scrumptious sweet treats made by the wonderful Bridge Bakehouse too. And this is just the beginning! Over the coming months, we hope to expand our little seating area and serve light lunches such as salads, sandwiches, soups and paninis. Do come and see us soon! Bookstore Brierlow Bar boasts a large, free car park with picnic tables, and the rivers Dove and Manifold are just a short distance away. We also welcome coaches and appointments are not always necessary.
Stockport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
“Do NOT pass this shop without calling in! You won't be disappointed.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

I've been in here many times, but never thought to review it as I don't think of it as an eatery or an "attraction". Having said that you can get hot drinks and sit and read a la Waterstones.

It's main attraction is the sheer variety of new and second hand books, CDs & DVDs, set out clearly and spaciously for browsing.. There are bird feeders outside and a wide range of garden wildlife products in the shop.

I've never failed to find something out of the ordinary, or that I didn't know existed, usually at a better than expected price.

There's a huge car park so there's no excuse not to stop, but don't turn in on impulse - the A515 is very fast moving at this junction.

There's also one of the Peak District's best hidden views a couple of minutes up the Longnor road (left out of the car park) across to Chrome Hill, known as The Dragon's Back, and Axe Edge. There are laybys to stop for photos.

Visited October 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Best Example of Its Type. Well worth the visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

Has atmoshere as well as a great selection of books on all sorts of topics. Some can be a little expensive perhaps? A very popular place as it should be. Staff are helpful. Would really reccomend for stocking-up on holiday reads. Continue up the hill and past the quarry. Added bonus of some of the best views in the Peak District.

Visited October 2013
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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“Something for everyone at great prices”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

I love this place - it can be quite addictive if you apreciate out-of-the ordinary topics but there is a fantastic selection of books for all tastes at very reasonable prices - they are all brand new too. It is not just a treasure trove for 'coffee table' tomes but offers a huge range of hardbacks and paperbacks be they factual, fiction, reference or covering topics you have never come across before. Books on the locality and the Peak District in general are plentiful as well as stacks of material covering natural history. The children's section is really good too. I have bought some amazing 'one-offs' over the years - beautifully printed, quality books at knock-down prices. It is my first stop for Christmas gift hunting. Check this bookstore out for a wide range of gift-packed cards and other stationery too. Don't forget, as with all decent bookstores, you can get a coffee and snack and settle down to contemplate your next purchase. I nearly forgot that the store stocks a fantastic variety of bird food and wild bird feeding accessories.

There is another plus to this place, if you are an amateur bird watcher, you can often see flocks of goldfinches and other birds outside by the parking area at the bird feeding stations.

Visited August 2013
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Bradford, England, United Kingdom
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“Stopped off as passing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

As I am a book aholic this place was a must as we were camping nearby. It always seemed busy so I had high hopes!

There was plenty of parking room and the place was a warren of books with something for everyone. There was a good selection but not somewhere to go if there is something specific you are wanting but good for a browse.

The books I bought (well it would be rude not to!) were a good price and cheaper than Amazon!

As previous comments I found the staff indifferent which was a shame as this place has potential to be really good as it is in a lovely location.

Visited July 2013
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“A great place to spend time and money”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

This bookshop has a great range of books at excellent prices. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We were very pleased that our dog was allowed to come in with us - much better than having to be left in the car. Difficult to leave without buying at least one book!

Visited April 2013
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