The Book Cellar, in convict quarters in Campbell Town, is a world-class traditional bookshop experience.
The extensive cellars hidden beneath the convict-built coaching inn, The Foxhunters Return, first opened to the public in 2010 with the establishment of The Book Cellar. Built around 1830, these architecturally significant cellars housed the convicts who built the Red Bridge over the Elizabeth River, which runs past The Book Cellar door. Today the cellars host a traditional bookshop, stocking unusual new and used books with an emphasis on nostalgia and heritage. You will find books for enthusiasts on architecture, collectibles, fashion and food history, military and transport heritage, steam and model engineering, tractors and rural life, books about books, Tasmania and more.
You can browse the captivating range of books in the cellars which are open every day, while appreciating the architectural achievements of convict labour. Admire the magnificent tree carvings by chainsaw artist Eddie Freeman in the park opposite, or relax at Red Bridge Cafe and Providore in the old brewery on the opposite riverbank. You can walk the renowned convict brick trail which starts outside The Book Cellar.
Campbell Town is a 51 minute drive (61 kilometres / 38 miles) South-East of Launceston.