What Is The Book Fair?

From modest beginning with just 20 exhibitors at the White Swan Inn in York in 1974, the York Book Fair has grown into the largest, and many say friendliest, rare, antiquarian & out-of-print book fair in the U.K.

Highlights
Bookbinders, Restorers & Associate Trades

You can find a wide range of ancillary trade stands on the 1st floor.


Book Fair Catalogue

Click here or click the button below to view the York Book Fair 2018 Catalogue

Exhibitor Search
York Book Seminar

Learn about the antiquarian book trade from the best booksellers in the country.

A seminar programme supported jointly by both the ABA and the PBFA will be held in September 2018 (to coincide with the York National Book Fair). It is fully booked for this year, but places on the course will be available for 2019.

Supporters of the Fair

We have a wide range of supporters for the 2018 fair. Please find more details about our supporters by clicking the button below, and please contact us for advertising opportunities on the website and the Fair Catalogue.

York Fair News
Bags & Security

Please note that in the interests of security we regret that no bags (apart from small handbags), or overcoats are allowed into the Book Fair. These can be checked (free of charge) into the cloakroom.

All books purchased at the Fair are sealed in bags with security stickers and will be checked by the security staff on leaving the Book Fair.

Any small bags taken into the Fair may be searched upon entry and exit. Your co-operation is much appreciated.

No books are allowed to be brought by visitors into the Fair.

We regret that no dogs are allowed into the venue apart from guide dogs.

Shuttle Bus

These will depart from Memorial Gardens, next to York Railway station (turn left out of the exit, and it is about 50 yards), every 20 minutes, starting from 10.30am on the Friday morning, and 9.30am on Saturday. There will be a sign indicating where the pick-up point is, and the buses are run by York Pullman Bus Company.

Last Buses from the Fair to the Station:

  • 7.15pm on Friday
  • 5.15pm Saturday