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Welcome to The Gutter Bookshop, Dublin, Ireland


Based on new NSAI guidelines, from Tuesday 14th April we will offer a post-out and click & collect service from our Cow’s Lane shop only. We cannot guarantee delivery times so please only order if you are happy to wait. Priority will be given to existing orders & we will get orders processed and books out to you as quickly as possible. Both shops remain fully closed at this time. Thank you for all your understanding & support at this difficult time. Bob (Owner).


Closure due to Coronavirus / Covid-19

Dear Customers & Friends,

It’s with a heavy heart and after a lots of thinking that I’ve decided to temporarily close both of our bookshops in order to help stop the spread of Coronavirus / Covid-19. We consider ourselves a community bookshop and it’s time to protect and support our communities by encouraging and supporting social distancing – we want to keep all of our staff and customers as safe as we possibly can and we need to do everything we can to stop the spread of this highly contagious virus.  We will review the situation daily but we currently expect the bookshops to be closed until the 31st March 2020.

Our online shop will remain open and we will be processing and packing orders every day. We hope that you will support us at this difficult time by placing an order at or by email to Online, you can browse our hand-picked selection of books and gifts or request any book at all – new or old. We ship worldwide and orders over €30 include free postage in Ireland. We are also putting in place Click-and-Collect procedures to allow you to collect parcels safely from either of our shops during this shutdown.

Please help to support all your local small businesses and help them survive this period by ‘buying it forward’ with a Gift Voucher for future use. We will get through this and we look forward to welcoming you back into our bookshops soon.

Thank you,
Bob Johnston (Owner)


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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Our Stores

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.

Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar

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+353 1 6799206

20 Railway Road, Dalkey

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+353 1 2859633

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Staff Picks



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!

Beautiful Stationery

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!

Rory’s Storycubes

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.

Out-Of-Print T-Shirts and Tote Bags

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)

Personalised Signed Books by John Connolly

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.

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Books Are My Bag

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!

The Irish Times Best Shops in Ireland

We are delighted that our Dalkey shop has been shortlisted as one of Ireland’s ‘Best Shops 2016‘ 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. Our Cow’s Lane shop was previously shortlisted in 2014.

Independent Bookshop of the Year – UK & Ireland

We were delighted to be named ‘Independent Bookshop of the Year for UK & Ireland’ at the British Book Awards in London in May 2017!