Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Galway

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Charlie Byrne's is a bookshop located in the Cornstore Mall on Middle Street in Galway, close to Shop Street and the Augustinian Church. Considered a "cultural reference point" for Galwegians and visitors alike, it houses more than 100,000 new and used books. Writers often launch their books here. The Irish Times has described it as "the destination bookshop in Galway city".
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  • 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.....  more
    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.....  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • This is by far one of my favorite bookstores! There are a ton of books of all different genres, a lot of which are about Ireland and/or written by Irish authors, and they're all decently priced too. The atmosphere is very calming and the staff is very friendly. There's someone that sometimes reads books to children in the children's section, which adds to the overall pleasant experience of visiting this bookstore. Highly recommend!
  • If there's a nicer, friendlier bookshop than Charlie Byrne's somewhere, I haven't found it... And I actually have been looking! Squeaky floors, towering shelves, an amazing selection of new and secondhand books from vintage wonders to the latest literary hits. You won't find everything here, but you'll always find something – often something utterly unexpected.
  • When in Galway this is really a place you do not wish to miss. A bookshop like you rarely see nowadays anymore but we all wish we have I our own town. Loosing time is kind of symbolic of the above what will happen stepping in to this shop that has even book shelves on the outside of the shop. Enjoy
  • I love that there was such a wonderful selection of new and old - all mixed together. I found really old books with writing and slips of paper in them, gently pre owned, and new books - this store was EVERYTHING you want from a bookstore! So cool!
  • An absolute gem of a bookshop, a must visit for any Galway tourist. It's nigh on impossible to leave without buying something. They have a great selection of books from every genre, especially those with an Irish connection.

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