Charlie Byrne's Bookshop
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop
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09:00 - 18:00
Monday
09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 18:00
Thursday
09:00 - 20:00
Friday
09:00 - 20:00
Saturday
09:00 - 18:00
Sunday
12:00 - 18:00
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Brimming with books on every imaginable subject, Charlie Byrne’s is Ireland’s best-loved independent bookshop in the heart of Galway City, stocking over 100,000 new, bargain and secondhand books!
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Barbara W
Simsbury, Connecticut, United States75 contributions
Jul 2022
This book store has wonderful variety. Walking from one room to the next, I realized that it is very large, but it doesn't feel big. It is apparent that a love of books, literature, and learning permeate the shop. We were on vacation, and yet, we spent a fair amount of time here. The grandchildren loved the variety of books, and we bought a few for them to take home. This is a wonderful book store.
Written 18 July 2022
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hollers30
7 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
I honestly almost cried when I walked in! You could feel the love of books radiating out from every corner and the staff spoke with such passion and care.
Every room is clearly labeled with pride, and their even a map to find your way around.
The Children's corner could make children fall in love with books and the adventures contained and promised as soon as they walk in.
I had an hour to spare before checking in to my hostel, and easily lost it here. It's set slightly back from the main high street route, but worth the little detour! I wish I hadn't just brought hand luggage with me.
Written 15 June 2022
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Michael M
York, UK416 contributions
Oct 2020
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop is a work of art of itself and great to look at – we try to purchase books here rather than by Amazon. There is a one-way traffic system since the pandemic, with entrance at front door (hand sanitiser available) and exit by the side, leading directly to the Cornstore, an interesting, shopping mall with alternative specialised shops and a very good coffee shop, the Café Temple. The wall in the public passageway in the Corn Store is lined with books, many bargains and and around the corner are yet more books on the wall at right angles.

We were looking specifically for the original Irish masterpiece, Cré na Cille, by the late Máirtín Ó Cadhain, having purchased the translation in English (The Dirty Dust) a few weeks previously. The shop is large with a number of rooms and on 2-3 levels – having located the masterpiece, it was put in a nice shopping bag, with tasteful sign “as Gaeilge (in Irish)” we made our exit into the marble hall of the Corn Store. A wonderful break from the grind of COVID-19.
Written 5 October 2020
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Anllb13
Dublin, Ireland9 contributions
Feb 2020
We ended up in the outside of this bookstore by chance. Looking around the outside exposition we went inside to look for a great Irish history book.

They have all types of books, first and second hand. The shop is divided quite well by style, themes and different languages too. There was a good amount of customers at the time and the sale assistants looked quite busy, but the service was good.

We finally ended up very satisfied with our purchase and finding what we were looking for, which took us a few bunches of shops to find. I would have liked that the books only had their real price in it since there were 3 different prices in the one I looked at.
Written 3 May 2020
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Ms F
Melbourne, Australia107 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
My family have loved this bookshop for a couple of decades.

You have the opportunity to browse like a traditional bookshop and find some treasures to take home.

The staff were really helpful and recommended some Irish books for my child. The sections are helpfully labelled and the front door (near the cashiers - it has a small bridge out the front) is pram friendly.

Only issue is the paper bags spilt and they are in no way helpful for when it rains. Struggling with a split bag and scurrying in the rain sucks.
Written 22 March 2020
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Sam M
Belfast, UK59 contributions
Mar 2020 • Business
Exactly what a book shop should be - forget the kindle this is what we need in all the best quirky places on earth
Written 15 March 2020
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Jacob Wardamse
Dublin, Ireland81 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
What caught our attention was stacks of books piled against the public walkway- hundreds of paperbacks for few euro each! While the majority wasn't exactly the top-notch books, one is able to find something interesting there for literally three euro. But the true sesame awaits inside, where we spent one and half hour just wandering and looking around at the titles. The place mixes the new and the second hand books together on the same shelves which I don't mind, as the quality of the latter ones us pretty decent. And the price reflects it as well, as the used ones are cheap as dirt.
Went there just to look around, and left with our arms full of books. A must go for a book worm!
Written 28 January 2020
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MrsWoman94
Western Ireland, Ireland360 contributions
Dec 2019
This is quite possibly my favourite bookstore in Ireland. It is an enticing maze of interconnecting rooms waiting to be discovered all filled floor to ceiling with every type of book imaginable on every possible subject both second hand and new. There is a lovely gentle background noise of quiet conversation between people who really do love their books. The stock is well displayed and laid out and their window display when I visited was lovely especially the Christmas tree made out of green hard backed books. Lots of interesting gift ideas and unusual titles you wouldn't see anywhere else and they also run lots of events and book clubs too. I find it impossible to leave empty handed and was delighted to pick up one or two titles I have been searching for as well as a few impulse buys. It is easy to get lost in the shelves for an hour or two there is just so much to dive in and look at. Staff happy to help too and very knowledgeable. A wonderful place to immerse yourself in and other bookshops should take heed of this place. A real treasure trove for anyone who loves their books and certainly not to be missed if you're in Galway.
Written 18 December 2019
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The_Gilpins
Castlebar, Ireland1,135 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
Impossible just to pop in for a quick look.
A must visit in when in Galway.
A book lovers paradise.
How all book shops should be.
Written 21 October 2019
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Greenapplesmile
Dungarvan, Ireland15 contributions
Sep 2019 • Solo
A super bookshop. I come here each time I visit Galway and can’t help but leave with a collection of books (and a lovely little bookmark!) each time! Great range of books and a lovely environment to take your time and browse.
Written 28 September 2019
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Charlie Byrne's Bookshop is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 - 18:00
  • Mon - Wed 09:00 - 18:00
  • Thu - Fri 09:00 - 20:00
  • Sat - Sat 09:00 - 18:00


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