‘...a template for what an independent bookshop should be ’
– Country Life

Contact: 01547 530 744

Business Hours:
Mon: Closed
Tues - Fri: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sat: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sun: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Books, events and even a café

Welcome to Aardvark Books!

The bookshop and café are open for browsing, Tuesday-Sunday 10-4 in the Bookshop, 24/7 online!

To buy books from our online bookshop click here!

For shop and café opening hours, visit our Café page

We welcome cyclists and walkers, we are wheelchair-accessible on the ground floor, also dog-friendly... call to find out more: 01547 530744. 

Nestling in a magical circle of hills in the Welsh Marches and housed in 19th century former granaries, Aardvark Books is an Aladdin’s cave of new, second-hand and rare books, CD’s, maps, musical scores, DVD’s, greetings cards, gifts and much more. Browsers will discover books on every conceivable subject from Aardvarks to ZZ Top, online and in the bookshop.

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Over 50,000 Books in Stock!

Aardvark Café

In the middle of the bookshop!
Open 6 days a week

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Aardvark Books works with outside organisations to bring books and other products to a range of venues. Aardvark Books is the official bookseller for Ludlow Food Festival, can host school visits, and has organised a number of themed author events. If you are an organisation who would like to work with Aardvark, why not get in touch?

Exhibition Programme

We normally hold a wide-ranging and varied programme of exhibitions. From showing unique antique maps to drawings by Royal Academicians, Aardvark offers a flexible venue to bring outstanding works to the people of the Marches.

See Our Exhibitions

Here’s what some of our lovely customers had to say!

I have received my book today, and I’m really impressed with the service you have given, and the book itself. Very quick delivery, especially as over the festive season! Well done and thank you.”

- Janet B.

so many books! so many many books! Had a great browse and ended up buying three great old cinema books. then i came back after my coffee (lovely ta!) and bought two more!”

- Ian R, 2018

Situated in a pretty tiny village overlooking fields with majestic kites soaring overhead. Fantastic selection of books to buy and lovely cards, wrapping paper and small gifts to purchase. Coffee shop sells delicious cakes and wonderful selection of coffee. Great place for cyclists to stop off with bicycle stands available, outdoor seating and wonderful, friendly staff.”

- Michelle B, 2018

The book arrived this morning. It is a very beautiful book and I’m delighted with your packing and fast delivery.”

- G Steward

A gem of a place to spend time, and money. Perfect for the snapper up of unconsidered books, and the coffee is heavenly. Try the dark chocolate and ginger tiffin as well.”

- Anne C

Simply superb bookshop run by true book lovers. A dazzling selection of reference material I'd never seen anywhere else which meant I came away with a whole heap of design books and creative thinking aids that will serve me for years to come. Upstairs is a great collection of new and used fiction/non-fiction titles all very well organised.

And there is a delightful cafe with great food - what more could you want?”

- Mark C, 2018

Booklovers paradise! Huge barn with thousands of books, mostly second hand but good quality. Some new books and rare editions. Excellent cafe. Open 9-5 on all but 4 days in the year. Lots of cards and unusual wrapping papers as well. Beautiful rural setting and only a few yards away from the amazing yew hedges in Brampton Bryan. Well worth a visit.”

- Anna P, 2018

A great selection of interesting ethically sourced coffee and homemade cakes followed by an unhurried hour or so browsing the wide range of books. Although I didn't find the book the I was looking for, I came away with several other interesting ones. The owners know their stuff!”

- Paul R, 2019

lovely space ..great for a relaxing couple of hours ..coffee cake ..really great children's section with castle and pirate ship for children to relax or use their imagination ..wood burner in the winter is also very pleasant”

- Clare S, 2019