Regretfully, due to Covid-19, we have decided to cancel our fairs up until the end of December.  However, at this stage, we cannot confirm if our London Christmas Fair will take place but we will keep you updated.
Event Information
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 and Europe.

You will find books over 500 years old, to review copies of recently published works, and everything in between. The venue is very easy to reach, there is unlimited free parking, and also a free shuttle bus from the Railway Station to the Fair every 20 minutes.

Who Will Enjoy It?
Anyone interested in books and reading. This is not just a Fair for dealers, but is open to everyone young and old, and a great place to start collecting. With over 100,000 books for sale, where else can you look at, touch, enjoy, and even purchase so many rarities under one roof. If you are already a collector then it is a great opportunity to meet new dealers in your area.

"One of the most enjoyable book fairs I have visited for a long time. The figures speak for themselves."

Rare Book Review
"As someone who travels 6000 miles to the York Fair it is my main buying event of the year."

Mark Weber, Bookseller, Tucson, Arizona.

"I save and bring my very best books to the York National Book Fair."

Exhibitor at the York Fair
Aimed at reaching a public who haven’t started to collect books yet, but who might want to, “Start Collecting Books Now”, is a recent PBFA initiative.

Books, Prints, Maps & Ephemera
Held over two days, over 220 of this country's leading booksellers offer for sale a breathtaking diversity of books, as well as posters, ephemera, manuscripts, maps & prints, ranging in price from just a few pounds up to tens of thousands of pounds. This year we also welcome a number of dealers from overseas.

Refreshments: Light refreshments in Cafe

Disability: Full facilities for the disabled
Key Details

Time & Date 10th September 2021, 12:00 - 19:00 11th September 2021, 10:00 - 17:00

Venue The Knavesmire Suite, York Racecourse, York, Yorkshire, YO23 1EX


Organisers Tony Fothergill, Ken Spelman Books Ltd Tel: 01904624414 Email:

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Ticket Information

General Admission £ 2.00

Travel Information

Free on site


York, just over a mile away


Free shuttle bus from York railway station


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