Welcome To Lyall's Book Shop, Todmorden, Lancashire

Lyall's Bookshop has been a staple of Todmorden Town Centre for twenty years. It was opened by Colin And Kate Lyall with the aim of providing a well-stocked and eclectic character bookshop.

Lyall's offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in which to browse their extensive stock. It boasts two floors teaming with books covering a wide range of categories and interests. Whatever your interest Lyall's are happy to help you seek out an author or advise you on a subject or category, or you may simply wish to explore unaided and make serendipity your book search companion.

We provide a comfortable armchair for those wishing to give a book a more relaxed consideration; an additional chair is also provided, this is suspended from the ceiling to accommodate the more agile and adventurous reader!

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Why Visit Lyall's Book Shop?

  • 20 Years Experience

    Kate and Colin Lyall have over 20 years experience in running a successful second-hand book shop, bringing you the best possible service.

  • Everyones Welcome

    Everyone is welcome to browse at your own leisure with no purchasing pressure, with friendly and helpful staff to help you make the right choice.

  • Over 35000 Books

    Lyall's Book Shop features two floors boasting with over 35000 second hand books in a wide range of subjects and even more in storage!

  • 'Want It' Lists

    Cant see the book you want? Simply leave your details with us and as soon as your book comes into the shop we'll let you know!

Wide Range Of Categories
In Stock

We offer a large range of categories to interest all readers of any age. We're sure you will find something you desire in store but if not we can add you to our 'Want It' list where you'll be notified if the book you're looking for comes into the shop. With over 35000 books we're confident that there is something for everyone! Below is a list of the main categories which we offer in Lyall's book shop:


  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Antiquarian
  • Local History
  • Travel
  • Children's
  • Military
  • Film
  • Religion
  • Politics
  • History
  • Antiques
  • Crafts
  • Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Creative Writing
  • Classics
  • Poetry
  • Biography
  • Science
  • Literary Criticism
  • Social Science
  • Music
  • & Much More

Latest News

    14th October 2020

Back Open!

From everyone at Lyalls Book Shop we are happy to announce we are now back open with a new shop front and interior makeover! We are looking forward to seeing you all again to what we expect will be a busy few months upto and around the Christmas period.

Everyone Welcome, Browse At Your Own Leisure
We welcome & encourage all guests to visit and browse
our large collection of regularly updated books

Customer Comments

  • Kate and Colin's shop is so interesting, absorbing, you might go in for one thing and come out with something else. Nowhere like it , we are lucky to have it.

    Janet, Todmorden
  • I could spend all day here.

    Ron, Leeds
  • Whenever I come home, I come here

    Daniel a Tucker, Perth, Western Australia

  • One of my favourite bookshops; the staff are friendly and knowledgable, and they have a good turnover of stock (I visit on an almost weekly basis, and always find something new). A Todmorden gem!

    Martyn Amos
  • I visited Lyall's on the off chance of finding books for my university course, and with the help of Kate I walked away with everything I needed, saving a fortune on brand new books.

    Katie Wainright
  • In the 2hrs stay I had at Lyalls I had hardly scratched the surface. With a wide collection available I could easily spend days and days here. A book lover's heaven, cant wait to come back.

    Paul Reid