About Holmans

Whitby's only truly independent bookshop, we are a local, family run business and pride ourselves on our friendly, helpful service.

Holmans Bookshop is situated on Skinner Street in the centre of Whitby. Spread over three levels it provides a newsagents, stationers and bookshop to both local and visiting customers. A Grade II listed building, Holmans has been serving Whitby for over 100 years and still retains it's Old World charm.

Our Shop

Holmans shop is spread over three levels, each offering a different range of quality products from stationery to books:

  • Level 1: This is our newsagency and stationery level. We stock a huge range of daily national papers and magazines, as well as high quality stationery products including pens, ink, paper, diaries and account books and much, much more.
  • Level 2: Downstairs we stock a wide range of greetings cards, giftwrap, napkins and invitations for all occasions, as well as wedding keepsakes, cake boards etc.
  • Level 3: Upstairs we provide a comprehensive bookshop with a huge range of maps, best sellers and local interest books. We offer a book ordering services.

Holmans stocks all major national newspapers and magazines as well as local press. On this level you will also find calendars and stationery products from a huge range of manufacturers. We sell everything from raffle tickets to Law Packs from a wide range of well known, high-quality brands.

Brands We Stock

Here are just some of the companies we stock:

  • Derwent
  • Parker
  • Rexel
  • Filofax
  • Basildon Bond
  • Dataday
  • Letts
  • J. Salmon
  • Southfield Stationery
  • Judges

We're sure we've got something for everyone - all you might need for school or the office - and anything not on the shelf we will endeavour to order for you, so why not call in?


As Whitby's only truly independent bookshop, we stock a huge selection of books on all sorts of subjects, hand-picked by our friendly and experienced staff. We offer an excellent next-day book ordering service if you require something we don't have in stock. If you do not live locally but would like to order from us we offer a postal service.

We stock a number of local interest books from local authors featuring the local area and it's inhabitants. We also retail many other book related products. A book token makes an excellent gift and we sell and accept National Book Tokens.

We have a great selection of books on Ships and Shipping and you need never get lost as we have a comprehensive stock of maps and atlases.

You'll love our range of novelty books for children and you can cuddle up to one of our Russ soft toys so why not come in for a browse and treat yourself to a new book!


Holman's stocks a vast number of high quality jigsaws from companies such as Gibsons and Ravensburger. Jigsaws prove to be very popular gifts and with a such a range of designs as ours there's something for everyone!