3 Places in Kent Every Book Lover Must Visit in 2021
There's something about walking up and down the aisles of a brick-and-mortar bookstore that online retailers will never duplicate, from their resident cats to the old book scent.
Nothing makes our bibliophile's hearts skip a beat like walking into a local bookstore, getting lost on the shelves, and hunkering down with our next book.
Though bookstores are a dying breed these days, there are still a smattering of literary havens scattered throughout Kent.
Here are three places to add to your bucket list.
1. Baggins Book Bazaar
Baggins, England's largest second-hand bookshop, is located near the castle and city center.
Godfrey George opened the shop in 1986, launching Baggins with the original aim of putting Rochester on the map as a ‘book town,' which, he admits, hasn't quite materialized, except for his own part of it.
Since it sounded friendly, he chose Baggins, the surname of J.R.R Tolkein's adventurous Hobbits Bilbo and Frodo from the famous Middle Earth novels.
2. Past Tense
In the heart of Faversham, this small family-run bookshop buys and sells used books. Past Tense has a wide range to choose from, and they take pride in providing excellent customer service, as shown by their online reviews.
3. Michael's Bookshop
Michael's Bookshop is a treasure trove, with over 25,000 books and 200 books and maps about the local area.
The building that houses the bookshop has been many things over the years, including The Prince Coburg pub in 1821 and the Design and Colour paint and wallpaper shop in the 1960s and 1970s.
There's something so charming, even romantic, about buying old books, with their worn spines and dusty smells, and all the strangers who have read the same pages you are now.
Aside from romance, buying used books is an easy way to be more sustainable without drastically changing your habits.
So, whether you're trying to be more environmentally conscious or enjoy the romance of a used book, we've found the best bookshops in Kent.