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Hedgehog Bookshop

19 Little Dockray, Penrith CA11 7HL, England
+44 1768 863003
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What's not to like?

Forget the big chain bookshops with their promotions paid for by the big publishers, this is a shop... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Howard C
Carlisle, United Kingdom
Fab shop - a must visit!

I came for a look around, on the off chance that there was a polish book (we were visiting Poland... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2017
Sarah D
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Penrith's AWARD WINNING independently owned bookshop in an 18th century building the center of town. Children's books are downstairs (accessible for prams) & grown up books upstairs. The shop is also open on Sundays 11:00 - 4:30 during the summer. We used to have a small vegan coffee shop, but this closed in September 2015 to make room for more books. It had excellent reviews here, so I'm sorry to disappoint fans, but in the end it really wasn't viable and expanding the bookshop made more sense & the book side of the business continues to thrive with a huge amount of local support (for which - thank you everyone!)
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3 weeks ago
“What's not to like?”
18 Jan 2017
“Fab shop - a must visit!”
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19 Little Dockray, Penrith CA11 7HL, England
+44 1768 863003
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Forget the big chain bookshops with their promotions paid for by the big publishers, this is a shop where you can get excellent advice from people who know and care. Given its size there is a remarkable selection which is very varied. What they have...More

Thank Howard C
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I came for a look around, on the off chance that there was a polish book (we were visiting Poland for a long weekend, and wanted to be able to atleast speak the pleasantries whilst there, so something with simple phrases etc). Found the perfect...More

Thank Sarah D
Reviewed 11 October 2016

What's good about the shop? - Book selection? Check - Fabulous kids/teenager section? Check - Knowledgable, helpful, enthusiastic staff? Check - Nice selection of cards, wrapping paper etc? Check - Location in the heart of town? Check Positive one of the shops I want to...More

Thank Happygolightly1
HedgehogBookshop, Owner at Hedgehog Bookshop, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2016

Hello there, Thank you for your kind comments. Penrith today is cold (check), grey (check) and rainy (check) so it has brightened out day to read your review on a fairly rubbish afternoon. Once upon a time we did have a small tea room at...More

Reviewed 17 May 2016

Really helpful owner and some wonderful books in stock. Just love going in to browse. Excellent selection for children.

1  Thank ChrisandSal2014
Reviewed 8 November 2015

I visited this small bookshop on my way home from Manchester on the 07/11/15. What a lovely little place! Everything is very organised and there are lots of little novelties to buy too. The lady who served us was extremely nice and even went hunting...More

1  Thank Kirsty M
Reviewed 4 August 2015

On a cold day we found a warm welcome and lovely coffee. Couldn't resist the children's books and the selection of jigsaws. Returned in August .

1  Thank gardenangel895
Reviewed 3 August 2015

We arrived in Penrith on a Sunday could only find a costas however did find a wee sign up a lane. Its one of Penriths hidden gems the own was delightful same with the bookshop. Scones home made and delish, coffee and tea fresh, there...More

3  Thank JannieG22
Reviewed 14 July 2015

Slightly hidden in a little side-street this bookshop is well worth the visit if travelling near buy. It is even open on Sunday afternoons. It has a little café, kids and gifts section downstairs. Upstairs it has a proper range of books with little recommendations,...More

Thank KL_Caley
Reviewed 25 June 2015

I could have spent hours in here, and I know if my daughters had been with me, we would have. Fantastic range of children's books for all ages. Friendly and knowledgeable owner who was happy to make recommendations based on reading ability and books previously...More

1  Thank seeker4magic
Reviewed 3 May 2015 via mobile

Quite honestly one of the best bookshops I've ever been to. The children's book selection was amazing, not just current popular titles but some classics from my childhood too. The board book section is brilliant. Then you go upstairs... I only had a quick look...More

Thank Spinney2008
HedgehogBookshop, Owner at Hedgehog Bookshop, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2015

That's very kind of you - thank you. (Although I must warn readers that anybody looking for Jeffrey Archer or Tony Blair in here is going to be sadly disappointed. There are some books which are just never going to have shelf space in this...More

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