Charlie Byrne's Bookshop
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop
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09:00 - 20:00
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!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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FIL M
London, UK536 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This shop is genuinely a treasure for any book lovers. A real blend of new and used books. Covering every possible type of topic. Absoluely a must visit.
Written 16 October 2023
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wdctraver
Washington DC, DC52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Awesome bookstore with sooooo many new and used books. One could dorms a day there. I bought a small book in Siri sh history but mostly just liked seeing real books.
Written 18 September 2023
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MyKittiesDad
Sacramento, CA122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
If you’re reading this, it’s highly likely that you already know about Charlie Byrne’s. I only recently discovered its charms after reading a reference in the Rick Steves’ Ireland guidebook. And I fell head-over-heals after just one visit.

The store front is fresh and fits with the rest of Galway’s old town façades, but when I walked in I was pleasantly lost among rows and rows of interesting used and new books. They were arranged beautifully and I nearly squealed with glee at the bilingual translations. For example, my favorite section “Crime / Thriller” was also listed as “Coir / Scéinséir”. It sounds silly, but it made me feel welcome while at the same time reminding me, “You’re not in California anymore!”

The book selection was terrific and prices were absolutely reasonable. Wanting to keep my luggage light, I limited myself to just one paperback but couldn’t resist a mini book of short stories by Julia O’Faolain.

This book shop is a jewel for Galway and more than just a “find”, it’s a destination!
Written 13 June 2023
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Morgan W
Noblesville, IN617 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Books, more books, a rabbit warren of books of all types with helpful staff. I found many books on Irish history, folk tales and maps.
Written 16 May 2023
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Amira D
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Good prices but it's section on "Judaism" is a spillover of books on Christianity and Islam. The section on the middle East was also narrowed to Islamic history which is unsurprisingly very narrow in scope. The book shop is at its best when it preserved the integrity of book selection in genres such as the middle East and provided more than a single book on Judaism.
Written 4 May 2023
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Barbara W
Simsbury, Connecticut, United States76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK438 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Ireland10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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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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