Welcome to Burway Books

An Independent Bookshop in the in the heart of the Shropshire Hills – ‘WitchendMalcolm Saville’s Lone Pine Country.

We will always be here to help you chose the perfect book as a gift for others or yourself; to offer recommendations and suggestions. But we will always leave you free to choose whatever you please; we don’t judge, we don’t discriminate and all are welcome.

We are open six days a week; we’re open on three Sundays in December too. We have a superlative reputation for our speedy and efficient ordering service and extensive book search facilities. We sell and can order music!

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday

9.15 am – 5.15 pm

Download our latest Newsletter (66) here

…which includes details of our Book Group and our current bestsellers.

Church Stretton is in the heart of the Stretton Hills, a haven of peace and tranquillity and one of the most beautiful areas in England.

Burway Books is also a Sanctuary of sorts; there is a wonderful aura in the building we now occupy, although we do have a friendly imp who occasionally rearranges our books!

Locals and visitors alike love to visit us, and as they do they are more than welcome to browse the bookshelves, to rest on the variety of cushioned chairs and stools – there is even a little stool for the littlest person – while lying on the floor reading is another option. We could have ‘mood’ music but we don’t as it’s too distracting; the music of words on the page is the option here.* It is a warm and friendly environment – in many respects cwtch! – in which you can spend time browsing. We do our best to align the stock to our customers’ needs, and after over forty years we hope we can share our knowledge with you!


Burway Books Regional Finalist Midlands Region for the British Book Awards Independent Bookshop of the Year 2019 & 2020

The judges said, “Making the regional shortlist is a tough feat: we received a huge number of fantastic entries this year so it really is a big achievement to make it to the shortlist”.

We are extremely proud to have made it onto the shortlist.

“Thank you for all your testimonials it has been so heartening to know that we’re giving the right service to the Burway Books community” – Ros

‘What are those blue remembered hills,

What spires, What farms are those?…’ 

‘A Shropshire Lad’ XL by A. E. Housman


Photos copyright: Natasha Savage, Ros Ephraim & Hilary Jones

Header photo by Sabine Hutchinson www.virtual-shropshire.co.uk