Axminster’s little gem 

The Archway is a rather beautiful old bookshop in the shadow of Axminster's much loved Minster Church in East Devon. We hold a stock of 11,000 books and can source most others in 24 hours. We love what we do... and our role in this delightful community.

Fresh Fiction

Our latest additions

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The gift card that puts value into your bookshop

All our stock is now online

Buy from home

Order books

We are delighted to say that, after a few days of interrupted business, you are once again able to order online or by phone. Having for a time had to close its operation due to the coronavirus crisis, our book supplier has now found a new way of working that avoids risk to its staff. For the time being books can only be packaged individually and it’s possible that they may take a little longer to arrive.

Please support your local independent bookshop at this difficult time.

How to order

  • Identify the book you want from our online store or any other source

  • Order and pay online if you find the book that you want

  • If you need help or would like us to do a search please give us a call on 01297 33744 or email

  • We will then take your order and remote card payment

  • Your book will come to you by post at a cost of £2.50

Archway hero books

The books shown in this selection are our current favourites – the ones that our customers love and those that plain stand out.  Books of different types for different ages, but all of them special in our reckoning. If you would like to buy any of these please call us on 01297 33744 or email We will check stock and get one in for you if we need to (usually next day). You can collect or we can post. 

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