Welcome to The Gutter Bookshop! We are an independent bookshop based in Dublin, Ireland. Our original store opened on Cow's Lane in Temple Bar in 2009, and we opened our second shop in Dalkey, a seaside village in South Dublin in 2013. We aim to provide something a bit different from the range you find in large chain bookshops, as well as offering the opportunity to discover something new and exciting that you'll struggle to uncover on a internet bookshop search. We also hold lots of book-related events, readings and bookclubs so do pop in and say hello if you're close to either of our lovely bookshops!


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We don't currently sell online but if you would like us to get something for you please contact us at or on (+353) 1 6799206. We can get most popular titles within 24 hours and there's no postage costs if you choose to pick them up from the shop! We will also do our best to track down new or good secondhand copies of books that are out-of-print or hard to find, and we are happy to post books worldwide if you prefer.

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Books Are My Bag is an international campaign that celebrates books and local bookshops and is a collaboration between publishers, bookshops and authors. Over 100 UK and Irish celebrities have been photographed with a BOOKS ARE MY BAG tote bag to support the celebrations and you can pick up one of these stylish totes in the Gutter Bookshop!


IrishTimesLogo The Irish Times Best Shops in Ireland
We are delighted to have been named as one of Ireland's Best Shops in the Irish Times Magazine. This special feature celebrates independent retailers across Ireland and the best shops were chosen based on customer recommendations and personal visits.


WINNER Independent Bookseller of the Year 2015 - Ireland
HIGHLY COMMENDED Independent Bookseller of the Year 2013 - Ireland
WINNER Independent Bookseller of the Year 2012 - Ireland
WINNER Independent Bookseller of the Year 2011 - Ireland

IBABookshopYearSHORTLISTED Irish Bookshop of the Year 2012
We were delighted to be shortlisted for Bookshop of the Year at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2012.

Festival Booksellers
We are thrilled to be official Festival Booksellers at the Children's Books Ireland Conference, International Literature Festival Dublin, Dalkey Book Festival, Mountains to Sea Literary Festival, Dublin Festival of History, the Bram Stoker Festival and the Dublin Book Festival.

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Our Pick of the Best Books
We love recommending great books at The Gutter Bookshop and selecting the most interesting and enjoyable reads is a big part of what we do. Do pop in if you'd like a personal recommendation or just browse our popular 'Must Reads' and 'Staff Picks' as well as our other hand-picked suggestions!

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We hold a wide range of gift stationery including Moleskine Notebooks and Paperblanks but we're particularly fond of our quirky ranges from Chronicle (pictured here) and Peter Pauper Press which include journals and notecards. We also carry greetings cards from Woodmansterne, Nouvelles Images and ArtPress, and beautiful giftwrap from Penny Kennedy.

Our popular range of children's puppets from The Puppet Company always go down well. From cuddly animals to squawking birds, purple monsters to the fabulous Sockettes (pictured here). We carry a wide range in store but if there's something particular that you'd like then do let us know and we'll order it in for you!

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We're delighted to be a stockist of the imaginative storytelling game Rory's Storycubes. Featured on the Late, Late Toy Show they're popular with adults and kids alike. For more info on Rory's Storycubes please see their website or call us on +353 (0) 1 6799206.

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We are delighted to introduce our new range of vintage book jacket t-shirts and tote bags from the lovely and funky Out-Of-Print Clothing company. With t-shirts for men, women and kids all featuring wonderful book jacket designs from some of our favourite books, and some great tote bags too, these make a great gift for the booklover in your life! (On sale in-store from Sept 2012)

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Bestselling Irish author John Connolly has allowed us to offer you exclusive personalised signed copies of his books. Simply contact us with details of what you would like and we will arrange it for you. See the John Connolly Website for more info.

In the meantime, why not have a look around the site? I'm keeping a blog of the progress we're making. There's also some photos so you can see things as they do (or don't) happen.

We'll also be passing personal judgment in the book reviews section. Some books we like, some books we don't. And as an independent, we're quite happy to tell you which are really good books, and which aren't... (we'll keep the good ones in stock!)

Please let me know what you're thinking and what you'd like to see in your ideal, small but perfectly formed, bookshop in contacts. Or keep in contact with us via social media with Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

As for selling books online... we're not there yet! It'll come as soon as possible. In the meantime, if there's something you'd like us to get for you, just drop us a line and we'll do our best.


The Gutter Bookshop
Cow’s Lane
Temple Bar
Dublin 8
Tel: (00353) 1 6799206

Cow's Lane Christmas 2015 Opening Hours
Thursday 17th Dec 9.30am-8.00pm
Friday 18th Dec 9.30am-7.00pm
Saturday 19th Dec 9.30am-7.00pm
Sunday 20th Dec 10.30am-7.00pm
Monday 21st Dec 9.00am-7.00pm
Tuesday 22nd Dec 9.00am-7.00pm
Wednesday 23rd Dec 9.00am-7.00pm           
Christmas Eve 9.00am-5.00pm
Christmas Day Closed
St. Stephen’s Day Closed
Sunday 27th Dec Closed
Monday 28th Dec 11.00am-6.00pm
Tuesday 29th Dec 10.00am-6.00pm
Wednesday 30th Dec 10.00am-6.00pm
New Year’s Eve 10.00am-5.00pm
New Year’s Day Closed
Saturday 2nd Jan 10.00am-6.00pm
Sunday 3rd Jan 11.00am-6.00pm

Cow's Lane Shop Opening Hours
Monday 10.00am-6.30pm
Tuesday 10.00am-6.30pm
Wednesday 10.00am-6.30pm
Thursday 10.00am-7.00pm
Friday 10.00am-6.30pm
Saturday 10.00am-6.30pm
Sunday 11.00am-6.00pm

Bank Holidays 11.00am-6.00pm

The Gutter Bookshop
20 Railway Road
Co Dublin
Tel: (00353) 1 2859633

Dalkey Christmas 2015 Opening Hours
Thursday 17th Dec 10am-6pm
Friday 18th Dec 10am-6pm
Saturday 19th Dec 10am-6.30pm
Sunday 20th Dec Noon-6pm
Monday 21st Dec 10am-6.30pm
Tuesday 22nd Dec 10am-6.30pm
Wednesday 23rd Dec 10am-6.30pm           
Christmas Eve 9am-5pm
Christmas Day Closed
St. Stephen’s Day Closed
Sunday 27th Dec Closed
Monday 28th Dec 11am-5pm
Tuesday 29th Dec 11am-5pm
Wednesday 30th Dec 11am-5pm
New Year’s Eve 11am-5pm
New Year’s Day Closed
Saturday 2nd Jan 10am-6pm
Sunday 3rd Jan Noon-5pm

Dalkey Shop 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 10.00am-6.00pm
Sunday Noon-5.00pm

Bank Holidays Noon-5.00pm
















































































































































'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.' Oscar Wilde