Ian Allan Books

31 Royal Arcade Cardiff CF10 1AE

This wonderful shop in the heart of the Victorian arcades is an absolute trove of books on transport. It stocks an unrivalled selection of books on railways, though there’s also lots on aviation, shipping, the military and history, as well as other more general subjects. Books aside, you can pore over magazines, postcards and prints, or eye up the Hornby trains and Airfix models displayed in the glass cabinets. The large, open plan space makes it perfect for leisurely browsing, and the tremendously knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help out.

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