Monday – Saturday
9am – 4pm

For orders and local Free delivery simply email us bhbsnews@gmail.com or leave a message on our answerphone and we will respond to your requests.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Claire, Alex and Abigail.


Bailey Hill is a flourishing independent bookshop situated in the heart of the bustling, historic market town of Castle Cary. Run by a welcoming team of knowledgeable booksellers, our aim is to provide the perfect match between book and customer. We’ve been doing this since the bookshop was established in 1979. The present owner has been here since 2003.

“A gem of a bookshop with the best window displays in Somerset. Enter at your own risk – you will never want to leave.”
Lucy Jago, author of A Net for Small Fishes (Bloomsbury, 2021)

Our aim is to cater for every bibliographical demand; if we don’t have the book in stock, we can generally order for next day delivery.

We value customers of all ages and well behaved dogs.


We are a browsers’ and book buyers’ paradise and we pride ourselves in having the very best books from independent, national and international publishing houses. Our subject range includes: local and natural history, walking guides and topography together with local and regional maps.

We stock the very latest in contemporary and crime fiction and children’s books for all ages. We cover leisure pursuits especially gardening, cycling, cricket, swimming (wild and otherwise) and cookery books.

We also have gift book editions for all celebratory occasions together with a wonderful selection of cards, wrapping papers, diaries and calendars.

Directions & Parking

Castle Cary is an attractive historic market town. It lies on the edge of rolling countryside between the Somerset Levels, Mendip Hills and the Blackmore Vale.

Parking in town is free.

Easy access from the A303 and train. Castle Cary station is 2 hours journey time on the London to Penzance line.

Bailey Hill Bookshop