Persephone Books

8 Edgar Buildings

General Helpline: 01225 425050

Opening hours
Monday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm

Inside Persephone Bookshop – the wall is covered in bookshelves with lots of paintings hanging above them

The Grade II Listed building that is now Persephone Books was built in 1761 and described as “a splendid example of modern architecture in the old tradition”. The shop has held onto the traditional architecture and some of the original Art Deco ironwork remains unchanged.

The first floor, the piano nobile, is now the Persephone Parlour where they hold book groups, lunches, small concerts, informal film showings and seminars.

Instagram: @PersephoneBooks
Twitter: @PersephoneBooks

Venue access

Unfortunately Persephone Books is not accessible for wheelchairs.


The closest Changing Places Facility is a 12 mins walk away at Bath Sports Centre, North Parade, Bath, BA2 4ET.

Monday 7:00am – 9:00pm
Tuesday 7:00am – 9:00pm
Wednesday 7:00am – 9:00pm
Thursday 7:00am – 9:00pm
Friday 7:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday 8:00am – 5pm
Sunday 8:00am – 5pm

Additional support

Persephone Books allows assistance dogs.

By foot
Persephone Books is within walking distance of public transport links and most of Bath.

By train
The station is called Bath Spa. There are frequent high-speed connections to London Paddington. For a slower service that is likely to be cheaper, try London Waterloo.

Major cities such as Birmingham and Manchester have frequent services via Bristol. The south coast ports of Southampton and Portsmouth have direct services by train.

Persephone Books is a twenty minutes walk from the station.

By bus
Bath offers a number of bus services which go not only around Bath but to Bristol, Salisbury, Wells and many more. Bus services generally terminate at 11pm departing from Bath Bus Station which is next to Bath Spa train station.

Key Service Numbers:
X39 (Bath-Bristol) 338/339 (Bath-Bristol via Keynsham) National Express (Bath- London Victoria) 319 (Bath-Cribbs Causeway via Filton & UWE) 15 (Bath-Bath Spa Uni) 18 (Bath-Bath Uni) 332 (Bath-Bristol via Bitton) For more bus service information go to

By car

Bath offers four Park & Ride services. There are services from three sites Monday to Friday and four sites on Saturdays. Regular bus services run into the city at least every 15 minutes. All buses are wheelchair and pushchair friendly.

The nearest carpark to Persephone Books is Podium car park, near Pulteney Bridge.

From the M4 – Leave the M4 at Junction 18 and take the A46 towards Bath.
From Bristol – Take the A4 into Bath.
From Salisbury – Take the A36 into Bath.
From the South West -The straightforward route would be via the M5 and M4 approaching Bath from the north and using the Lansdown Park and Ride.

Clean air zone
Clean air zones are being introduced across England – please check the rules for Bath and North East Somerset on the Council website.