The Aardvark Bookery

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  • A bookshop, cafe and exhibition space all in one

    The Aardvark Bookery ( or Book Barn) was created from a nineteenth century farm building, on the historic Harley Estate in the village of Brampton Bryan. Using the services of craftsmen who lived and worked on the estate, a special space was designed, and nearly 4,000 square feet of space for books built. Previously the barn had had many uses including being a grain store, and turkey farm, but such was the quality of the original workmanship that little structural work needed to be undertaken during the conversion. Aardvark Books opened its new premises on 1st September 2007. Today  the bookshop is over 4,500 square feet.

    Two further rooms have been added to the original barn, one containing a specialist children’s book and play space called the BookBurrow, and the other a popup warehouse space that is used for markets, art exhibitions and other events.

    The stock now encompasses over 50,000 titles – New, Secondhand and Rare – with outstanding selections in most categories including Art, Cookery, History, Fiction and Local Interest. New books are added to stock every day, and the entire stock holding turns over every two years on average.

    The cafe in the middle of the bookshop is open 7 days a week with a range of teas, cakes, and other goodies.

    The village of Brampton Bryan is itself notable as being the scene of an important Civil War Siege of 1643 when Lady Brilliana Harley defended the nearby castle with 70 retainers against the onslaught of a large Royalist force who had marched up from Hereford. Aardvark celebrate this every other year with the help of the English Civil War Society who besiege a replica castle with cannons and muskets, demonstrate pike actions and set up a living history camp in the fields under Harley’s Mountain.

    Surrounded by ancient hills, rolling pasture land, and numerous sheep and cattle, Aardvark Books is a unique experience for book lovers of all ages.


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  • Opening Times:

    9am-5pm weekdays, 10-5pm Saturdays, 10-4pm Sundays.

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  • Opening Times:

    9am-5pm weekdays, 10-5pm Saturdays, 10-4pm Sundays.