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10 Best UK Cities for Book Lovers – Literary Britiain

Di you know the best UK cities for book lovers? 

As the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, Great Britain boasts a vast and diverse literary landscape for bibliophiles to revel in.

But which British cities stand out as the ultimate literary destinations for bookworms to fall in love with?

In honour of Read A New Book Month this September, the printing experts at Aura Print sought to reveal the best UK cities for book enthusiasts, considering factors from the number of libraries and bookstores, to the presence of greenspaces and cafés for a relaxing read.


                                            Top 10 best UK  Cities for book lovers


Rank City Number of libraries per 100,000 people Number of bookstores per 100,000 people Average bookstore rating /5

Number of green spaces per 100,000 people

Number of cafes per 100,000 people Final ‘bookspiration’ score /10  
1 York 9.86 16.27 4.53 10.84 36.48 9.40  
2 Bath 7.28 16.11 4.49 9.87 23.39 8.10  
3 Belfast 5.22 15.94 4.71 5.51 24.93 7.30  
4 Bristol 5.73 17.41 4.47 4.88 20.59 6.80  
5 Edinburgh 5.32 13.49 4.59 3.61 35.71 6.70  
6 Brighton 5.43 15.92 4.48 3.98 30.76 6.60  
7 Nottingham 5.87 13.91 4.43 5.87 17.00 6.30  
8 Cardiff 5.56 8.90 4.36 6.12 28.09 6.20  
9 Liverpool 3.92 12.18 4.50 5.78 26.01 5.60  
10 Glasgow 5.04 8.66 4.57 5.35 21.57 5.40  




Earning a remarkable ‘bookspiration’ score of 9.40/10, York has claimed the title of the best UK city for book lovers! Boasting the highest number of reading spots per 100,000 people among all cities analysed, literary lovers will be spoiled for choice in this mediaeval city. Home to 20 libraries and 33 highly rated bookstores, this serves a significant literary resource for a city of its population size.

Books inspired by York include: The Secret Garden, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre


Top reading spot: Museum Gardens

Bath comes second, receiving a final ‘bookspiration’ score of 8.10/10. Beyond its plentiful quiet reading spots (7.28 libraries and 16.11 bookstores per 100,000 people), the city also offers ample green spaces, perfect for avid readers to dive into their favourite tome. A dream destination for those with a penchant for all things bookish and Jane Austen, don’t miss the annual Jane Austen festival returning to Bath in September, featuring a host of immersive Regency-themed experiences!

Books inspired by Bath include: Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Vathek


Top reading spot: Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

In third place is Belfast, scoring a respectable 7.30/10. The Northern Irish city boasts a whopping 18 libraries and 55 charming bookshops to choose from, with an average Google rating of 4.71/50highest of all cities analysed. Served as the backdrop of inspiration for C.S. Lewis’s ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, Belfast also has a thriving bookish culture as it plays host to an annual Book Festival drawing in the nation’s biggest bookworms.

Books inspired by Belfast include: Eureka Street, Mystery Man, The Star Factory


Best UK Cities for Book Lovers


Top reading spot: Cave Hill

Dubbed the hipster capital of the UK, Bristol (6.80/10) secures fourth place to be a literary lover’s paradise. Thanks to its trove of bookshops from independent to second-hand (17.41 bookstores per 100,000 people), the lively South West city makes an unrivalled haven for book-shopping!

Books inspired by Bristol include: Shadow Dance, Birdcage Walk, Keep Him Close


Top reading spot: Hatter House Cafe

As the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh rounds off the top five with a ‘bookspiration’ score of 6.70/10. With its picturesque cobblestone streets lined with a remarkable 188 quaint cafes, 28 libraries and 71 bookstores, and its well preserved architecture and rich literary landscape, the Scottish capital offers book addicts a glimpse into the golden era of modern English literature.

Books inspired by Edinburgh include: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Trainspotting, One Good Turn

Top reading spot: The Elephant House


So there you have it – the best UK Cities for Book Lovers – do you know any you would add to this list.#



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