Topping & Company are a family-run independent booksellers with bookshops in Bath, Ely, Edinburgh and St Andrews.
They are based in the beautiful building on York Street, which has allowed them to expand over two floors and a gallery - becoming the biggest independent bookshop in England to open in living memory. They have a focus on author events, hosting an Autumn Literary Festival which runs from September to December every year, and an emphasis on the value of bookseller knowledge and enthusiasm.
The bookshop houses handcrafted bookcases and Topping & Company Booksellers’ signature rolling library ladders lining two floors and a gallery. Expanding has allowed an increase of the number of titles stocked to over 75,000 and an unparalleled selection of fiction, children’s books, cookery writing, history and much more. The bookshop is completely dog friendly.
The bookshop offers complimentary pots of fresh tea and coffee as you browse and friendly, bookish advice from a much larger team of expert booksellers.
The bookshop hold author events 3-5 nights a week, and run an Autumn Literary Festival between September and November.
They have already hosted authors such as Nigel Slater, Elizabeth Day, Michael McIntyre, Florence Given, and Yotam Ottolenghi since opening in the new bookshop, and have hosted names such as Sally Rooney, Margaret Atwood, David Attenborough, and Buzz Aldrin in previous years.
They offer a Feminist Fiction reading group, a Queer reading group, and a Young Adult reading group.
The shop is fully accessible. For anyone using a wheelchair (or just with a heavy pushchair!) you can call the booksellers via an accessible doorbell at the bottom of the external stairs. One of the team will go out and assist with the external accessibility lift. Once inside, there is a lift that reaches all three floors.
Toppings & Company is very family friendly and has a children's room with a sofa. They do a free Tiny Tales reading group for 3-5 year olds and offer complimentary tea and coffee all day every day to browsers (squash & biscuits for the little ones during the reading group).
Toppings & Company are also happy to accommodate groups. Being warm and welcoming to visitors is a crucial part of what they do and what we offer.
Staff are more than happy to accommodate your furry friends. With water, treats, and an open floorplan, Topping and Company in Bath are the perfect place for a bookish trip with any kind of pet in tow.
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- Dog Friendly
|Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
|Monday - Sunday
* Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.