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About us


Baggins Book Bazaar was established in the Historic City of Rochester in 1986 by the late Paul Minet, a former president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA). We are a secondhand bookshop for 'everyman', with many regular customers, some local, some visitors to the old city and those that travel for miles and miles just to experience its labyrinthine rows of books.

We are the largest secondhand bookshop in England, and have had many reviews and articles in the national press over the years, which has helped to make us very well-known throughout the land, plus worldwide. The shop has the hugely popular smell of books. A volatile chemical compound created by the decay of paper, glue and ink. Personal customers are a great part of our business, but we also sell online via Abebooks, Alibris, Biblio and dare we say, Amazon.

Our stock includes books on most subjects, both fact and fiction (general, science fiction & fantasy, crime/thrillers, historical etc.), including childrens (classics, annuals, hardbacks & paperbacks, non-fiction).

Antiques, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Biographies,British Topography & travel, Crafts, Esoteric, Film/TV, Food & Drink, Foreign Travel, Foreign Language, Gardening, History (British & world), Health, Humour, Literature (poetry, plays,classics),Maritime, Military, Music, Natural History, Photography, Politics, Royalty, Sport & games, Theology/Philosophy, Transport, True Crime/Law, and a few more minor subjects.

We are located between Pizza Express and the Guildhall Museum in the fascinating High Street of the historic city of Rochester. Just an arrow's shot from Rochester Castle and round the corner from the cathedral.

We are currently open 7 days a week from 10:00 to 17:45. 

Contact us on 01634 811651, email or on facebook

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