Lighthouse - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop

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Lighthouse - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop

Lighthouse - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop
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Speciality & Gift Shops
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
We are an independent general bookshop in Edinburgh – left leaning and politically engaged, we are a shelter for bibliophiles, an oasis for curious minds and a platform for open discourse. Our shelves are home to all sorts of books, from politics, history, fiction and travel writing to Children’s books, tattoo art and cookery. We work hard to keep our whole range interesting, and are particularly
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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Edinburgh, UK8 contributions
My favourite Edinburgh bookshop ❤️
May 2021 • Solo
Great bookshop with lots of books to choose from. The walls are literally covered in books and it's great. Very LGBT friendly as well, which is awesome ❤️
Written 28 July 2021
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Emma
Adelaide, Australia85 contributions
Welcoming with a great range of books!
Aug 2019 • Friends
A friend who is a Edinburgh local brought us here while showing us around the city, and we probably could have spent hours in this bookshop. Extremely friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere, cozy places to sit, and a great range of books covering all manner of topics. Buying books while travelling is one of my biggest downfalls and I didn’t leave empty handed.
Written 7 February 2020
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helen o
2 contributions
Could stay all day!
Dec 2017 • Family
Welcoming, helpful and well stocked bookshop, something for everyone. Tea, coffee and a corner to sit and browse!
Written 24 January 2018
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Stuart S
London, England, United Kingdom30 contributions
Excellent! Friendly, welcoming, highly knowledgeable staff in a beautiful shop.
Aug 2017 • Solo
I wish all bookshops could be like this. Staff really love books and know their stock and the authors. During the Literary Festival, the Lighthouse is frequently visited by their authors, not just to market their books but because they like it there. Not surprising. Everyone is friendly; you are encouraged to browse and there are loads of seats; no-one hurries or hassles you. It has only been under the present management since May but this is already one of the 'must visits' of Edinburgh, if you have a brain in your head!
Written 29 August 2017
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Voyager890
Southampton, UK17 contributions
Execllent Independent Bookshop for Free Thinkers
Aug 2017 • Couples
Found this bookshop by watching some recommendation videos on YouTube. Searched it out during a 5 day visit to the Fringe Festival. Recently renovated so the interior was bright, fresh and welcoming. Staff were knowledgeable and friendly. This shop concentrates on books which explore thinking and ideas. Unlike a famous high street chain which lumps lots of these types of books under the one heading of 'Smart Thinking' this one separates them out into topics such as: feminism, race, religion, political thought, LGBT, revolution, activism, philosophy. Mainly non-fiction but with some fiction including Young Adult and Children's. I saw lots of titles that I hadn't discovered during my extensive online book searches. Wonderful atmosphere where the act of free thinking and free speech is celebrated and valued. I came away with 3 books - limited by my budget and hand luggage but will definitely be back.
Written 27 August 2017
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Lighthouse - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:30 - 17:00
  • Mon - Sat 11:00 - 18:00


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