Where I’ve Been

The Charity Shop Tourism Map

To visit: Aberdeen; Ballater; Braemar

To visit: Arbroath; Brechin; Dundee; Forfar; Montrose

Argyll and Bute
To visit: Oban; Tobermory

Visited: Amersham; Beaconsfield; Chalfont St Peter; Chesham; Gerrards Cross; High Wycombe; Tring
To visit: Aylesbury (recommended by Andrew); Buckingham; Dunstable; Great Missenden; Leighton Buzzard (recommended by Jo); Wendover

To visit: Bedford

Visited: HungerfordNewbury; Caversham
To visit: Henley-upon-Thames; Maidenhead; Reading (recommended by se71)

To visit: Coldstream; Kelso

Visited: Cambridge
To visit: Ely

To visit: Aberystwyth; Cardigan; Lampeter

Visited: Alderley Edge (recommended at MSE); 
Knutsford; Macclesfield; Wilmslow (recommended by Hilary Alexander)
To visit: Congleton; Chester 

Visited: Conwy; Llandudno

County Antrim
To visit: Belfast (recommended by bookfind4u)

County Durham
To visit: Consett; Durham

County Fermanagh
To visit: Enniskillen

County Derry/Londonderry
To visit: Derry/Londonderry

Visited: Bodmin; Falmouth; Liskeard; Looe; St Austell; Truro
To visit: Penzance

Visited: Ambleside; Kendal, Keswick; Whitehaven
To visit: Appleby-in-Westmorland; Carlisle; Cockermouth; Dalton-in-Furness; Kirkby Stephen; Penrith; Sedbergh; Windermere; Workington

Visited: Llangollen
To visit: Corwen; Denbigh; St Asaph

Visited: Ashbourne; Bakewell; Buxton; GlossopMatlock
To visit: Belper; Chesterfield; Derby

Visited: AshburtonBuckfastleigh; Dartmouth; Honiton; Ivybridge; Kingsbridge; Modbury; Newton Abbot; TavistockTeignmouth; Tiverton; Torquay (recommended by @tregreer); Totnes
To visit: Barnstaple; Bovey Tracey; Paignton

Visited: Shaftesbury (recommended by Becky Chadwick);
To visit: Dorchester (recommended by Amy Bristow); Lyme Regis; Sherborne (at Country Life); Wimborne
  (recommended by Becky Chadwick)

Dumfries and Galloway
To visit: Kirkcudbright; Newton Stewart; Wigtown

East Lothian
To visit: Musselburgh; North Berwick

East Sussex
To visit: Brighton; Burgess Hill (recommended by cactuspotty); Rye; Hastings; St Leonards-on-sea (recommended by @JosieLong)

Visited: Basildon; Colchester; Epping; Loughton; Romford; Saffron Walden; Southend-on-sea
To visit: Barking (recommended by Patience); Braintree; Brentwood; Canvey Island; Chelmsford (recommended at PopJustice); Clacton-on-sea; Dagenham (recommended by Patience); Hornchurch; Ilford (recommended by Patience); Leigh-on-sea (recommended by John); Upminster

To visit: Kirkcaldy; St Andrews

To visit: Swansea

Visited: Cirencester; Coleford; Gloucester; Lydney; Moreton-in-MarshStow-on-the-Wold; Stroud; Tewkesbury
To visit: Cheltenham (recommended by @tregreer); 

Visited: Bala; Bangor; BarmouthPorthmadog; Pwllheli
To visit: Blaenau Ffestiniog; Caernarfon

Visited: AlresfordHookPetersfield; Romsey; Winchester
To visit: Andover; Fareham (recommended by @Angus_Reid and Delibelly); Lymington; Odiham; Southsea (recommended by Delibelly)

The Big Chill (special dispatch); Bromyard; Ledbury; LeominsterRoss-on-Wye
To visit: Hereford (recommend by chazzerbinge)

Visited: Berkhamsted; Bishop’s Stortford; Harpenden; Hertford (recommended by David Grimwood); Hitchin; Letchworth; Rickmansworth; Waltham Cross; Ware
To visit: Borehamwood (at PopJustice); Hatfield; Hemel Hempstead; Royston (recommended by David Grimwood); St Albans; Welwyn Garden City

To visit: Cromarty; Dingwall; Fort William; Inverness

Isle of Anglesey
Visited: Beaumaris; Holyhead
To visit: Llangefni

Visited: Herne Bay; Ramsgate; Whitstable
To visit: Ashford (recommended by Katy); Broadstairs; Canterbury (recommended by Katy); Chatham (recommended by Delibelly); Gillingham (recommended by Delibelly); Hythe (recommended by P Burton); Margate; Petts Wood (recommended by @JosieLong); Rochester (recommended by Delibelly); Sevenoaks (at thisiskent); Tonbridge; Tunbridge Wells (recommended by Velochick)

To visit: Blackpool; Burnley; Clitheroe; Manchester; Morecambe; Rawtenstall; Salford

To visit: Melton Mowbray

To visit: Boston; Lincoln

Visited: Pimlico (recommended by the ockle); West Central (part 1, part 2)
To visit: East Central/City; Marylebone

Visited: Barkingside; Chingford; Hackney (recommended by Josie Long); South Hackney (recommended by Josie Long); South Woodford; Stoke Newington; Walthamstow

Visited: Archway;  Camden Town; Church End, FinchleyCrouch End; Enfield Town; Golders Green; Hampstead & Belsize Park; Highgate; High Barnet; Mill Hill; Muswell Hill; North FinchleyPalmers Green; Southgate; Tottenham; West Hampstead; Wood Green
To visit: East Barnet (recommended by Rose); Kentish Town; St John’s Wood

Visited: BatterseaBlackheath; East Dulwich; East Sheen; Richmond; Twickenham; Whitton
To visit: Balham; Brixton; Clapham; Kingston upon Thames; Mortlake; Teddington; Tooting; Walworth (recommended by Adrian); Wandsworth

Visited: Ealing; Pinner; Ruislip (coming soon); West Ealing
To visit: Chiswick/Turnham Green (recommended by Adrian): Eastcote; Harrow; Kilburn

To visit: Birkenhead; Liverpool; Southport

To visit: Edinburgh/Stockbridge (download the map from ChangeWorks)

Visited: Abergavenny; Chepstow; Monmouth
To visit: Caldicot

To visit: Cromer; Norwich

North Yorkshire
Visited: Settle
To visit: Harrogate; Knaresborough; Malton; Richmond; Scarborough; Whitby; York (recommended by RA Mason)

Visited: Northampton (at Garden of Earthly Delights)
To visit: Wellingborough

To visit: Alnwick; Berwick-upon-Tweed; Newcastle

To visit: Mansfield; Nottingham

Visited: Abingdon; Chipping Norton; Didcot; Headington; Oxford (coming eventually); Summertown
To visit: Burford; Thame; Wallingford

Outer Hebrides
To visit: Stornoway

To visit: Fishguard; Haverfordwest; Pembroke; St Davids

To visit: Auchterarder; Perth

Visited: Crickhowell
To visit: Brecon; Builth Wells; Llandrindod Wells; Machynlleth; Newtown; Presteigne; Rhayader; Welshpool

Visited: Oakham

Visited: Bridgnorth; Ellesmere; Ludlow; Oswestry; Shrewsbury (recommended by rich); Wellington
To visit: Church Stretton; Newport; Whitchurch

Visited: Bath; BridgwaterGlastonbury; Wellington
To visit: Cheddar; Highbridge; Minehead; Taunton; Wells

South Yorkshire
Visited: Sheffield (recommended by Darnall42)

Visited: Lichfield; Kinver
To visit: Burton-upon-Trent; Cannock (recommended by Andrew); Eccleshall; Leek (recommended by Andrew); Rugeley (recommended by Andrew); Stafford; Stone (recommended by Andrew); Uttoxeter

Visited: Bury St Edmunds
To visit: Newmarket (at MSE)

Visited: Epsom & Ewell; Surbiton
To visit: Chertsey; Cobham (recommended by The Cobham Blogger); Egham; Guildford (recommended by Wey Valley Books); Leatherhead (recommended by Delibelly); Worcester Park (recommended by bookfind4u)

Visited: Kenilworth (recommended by Tina); Royal Leamington Spa; Shipston-on-Stour; Warwick
To visit: Rugby; Stratford-upon-Avon

West Midlands
Visited: Birmingham; Coventry; Halesowen; HarborneMoseley; Northfield; Solihull; Stourbridge; Wolverhampton
To visit: Acocks Green; Bearwood; Blackheath; Brierley Hill; Dudley; Kingswinford (recommended by Andrew); King’s Heath; King’s Norton; Knowle; Rowley Regis; Shirley (at MSE); Sutton Coldfield; Walsall; Wednesbury; West Bromwich

West Sussex
To visit: Burgess Hill (recommended by Post Mortem Books); Chichester (recommended by Simon); Horsham (recommended by cactuspotty)

West Yorkshire
To visit: Hebden Bridge; Holmfirth; Ilkley; Leeds; Sowerby Bridge; Todmorden

Visited: ChippenhamMarlborough
To visit: Devizes; Salisbury

Visited: BewdleyBromsgrove; Droitwich Spa; Evesham; Great Malvern (recommended at MSE); Kidderminster; Pershore; Stourport-on-SevernTenbury Wells; Upton upon SevernWorcester (recommended by Chris)
Planning to visit: Redditch

Anywhere to suggest?


21 responses to “Where I’ve Been

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  3. Adrienne Carlson

    Hi simon,

    We just posted an article, “Top 50 Resources for Starting Your Own Charity or Scholarship” ( http://executivembaprograms.org/top-50-resources-for-starting-your-own-charity-or-scholarship/ ). I thought I’d bring it to your attention in case you think your readers would find it interesting.
    Either way, thanks for your time!

    Adrienne Carlson

  4. Cactuspotty

    When you visit Brighton make a stop on the way (or way back!) at Burgess Hill. Unremarkable town with nothing going for it apart from loads and loads of charity shops! The charity book shop there is highly recommended.

  5. I would recommend Emmaus in South Lambeth (actually West Norwood), the main shop is strangely tucked away in a courtyard, but it is a great place for stocking up on furniture and all the stuff you need for a house.

    Also a good book collection.


  6. Cactuspotty

    Another suggestion for you. Horsham in West Sussex has a number of great charity shops. The best of which are the St Catherine’s Hospice and a HUGE Horsham Matters (Horsham Churches Together) just outside of the town centre on the site of a disused forecourt.

  7. Helene Oskarsen

    Hi! I am planning on starting a vintage/second hand project in Norway this upcoming summer (I am currently based in London), and want to do the buying in the best places in England. I have absolutely no clue where to start, but I know that I want to find nice and cheap clothes, from leather jackets, denim jeans and shorts, shirts, leather bags, skirts and dresses, and just anything nice/original to be sold in a Norwegian city where the people needs to get a bit more aware of the beauty of second hand items 🙂 Do you have a suggestion of a town that contains some good charity shops with fair prices in England? maybe not more than four or five hours away with a train from London.

    Kind Regards,


  8. Helen Smedley

    Helene, do come to Brighton! Only about one hour by train from London, frequent train service, from Victoria or London Bridge. The city is small enough to walk around. Several charity shops, catering for many thousands of fashion-conscious young people; students, media types, artists….

  9. Debra

    just 1/2 hour from London and brighton is Crawley,smack bang in the middle of Sussex.It has the best Charity Shop called Revive.It has a vintage style and is a one off shop,so needs lots of support!It runs lots of craft workshops,most are free,this Saturday ,10th November 2012,Revive is having a ‘Make Do and Mend’ Day to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.Yo need to visit this amazing independant Charity Shop.

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  14. Jo hazlehurst

    Just found your website and must say its marvellous! Currently in Gloucestershire doing a bit of charity shop tourism and have noted with interest your comments, thanks. Also noted your to do list includes Birkenhead, please do not go there! You will be thoroughly depressed. much better charity shops on the wirral can be found in Heswall, Hoylake and West Kirby. keep up the good work, I will be following you regularly from now on. Jo.

    • Scouser Tommy

      Birkenhead has a few charity shops and much much cheaper than the ones spoken of in the above comment. Although the scenery is far prettier the people are less so. On the wirral the best places by far are to be found in Ellesmere port. However just pop over the water to liverpool and you’ll find an abundance of great shops on Allerton road. Wavertree high street has two great ones. Head 20 minutes up the road to crosby and you’ll find great shops another 20 min north and you’ll find formby which has half a dozen and also some of the most stunning beaches in the UK. Head over to St helens where you’ll find Lowry style street scenes and a massive amount of charity shops. However I go there once and week and it always seems to be raining.

  15. michelle leech

    Can I recommend you visit Alton in Hampshire. We now have a brilliant selection of charity shops, 11 at the last count, and it’s a lovely market town to stroll around.

  16. Phil Aypee

    Try Horsham!

  17. Amanda

    Oxted and E Grinstead are two very good locations

  18. v.k.yeomans

    Just visited a new charity shop in Dartmouth. ‘Dartmouth Community Shop’. It’s a real rummage with kids clothes 50p, toys 50p, books 50p, cds 50p, dvds £1, clothes all £1, shoes all £1 and loads of bric a brac, paintings and pictures, household goods (pans etc. £1) and small furniture. It’s in the same street as Dartmouths two other charity shops but further up past the market. You won’t miss it….. there are lots of goodies piled up outside.

  19. Phil soloman

    I believe that this report is total rubbish.
    I live in West yorkshire and the places listed are a load of nonsense and I know because I live in one of them and the places listed are within approx 5 miles of each other and there’s no charity shops whatsoever in these places.
    Take this so called report with a pinch of salt as they say people.

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