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Welcome to Shire Games ...

... A huge range of Board Games in the centre of England!


Scythe, Unlock!, Trick of the Rails, and Hive Mind now in stock!


The Stoke-on-Trent shop is currently only open on Saturdays


When you hear "Board Games", if you immediately think of Monopoly, Cluedo or Trivial Pursuit, then please read the following:

It may be hard to believe, but high-quality, fun and entertaining board games didn't disappear with the arrival of home computers, games consoles and Trivial Pursuit! The major high street stores decided that the only thing that we all wanted to play was a Party Game, and so all of the other excellent board games got removed from the shelves.

Well, the good news is that board games are still here, you just have to know where to find them!

And more and more people are turning back to board games as a form of entertainment for adults, kids and families alike, and for a number of different reasons:

They are a lot more sociable than watching a DVD or playing a video game, and everybody is involved at the same time.

The quality of modern board games is very high and they are designed to last for years, without them becoming outdated or needing the latest upgrade to work properly!

The newer style of board games are designed to be learnt within minutes and played very quickly - many of them in under an hour, which makes them much more accessible than Monopoly!

And from a family's point of view, they are very educational: They teach kids how to interact with others, how to plan ahead,  how to adapt to different situations, and - perhaps most importantly - how to lose (and win) gracefully!

At Shire Games, we hope to be able to introduce as many people as possible to the wonderful hobby of Board Gaming.

When you hear "Board Games", if you immediately think of Puerto Rico, Dominion or Agricola, then please read this side:

You obviously are already very aware of the resurgence in the board gaming hobby, the high quality of these "Euro" games and the enjoyment that you can get from hosting a games evening, or just having a quick game of one of the 2-player Kosmos series before bedtime!

Shire Games is dedicated to bringing you all of the latest and best board games from around the World, and we try and keep as large a selection as possible in the shop at all times.

As we are board gamers ourselves, we like to do a fair bit of research before we get any new games into the shop, and therefore we try and only stock the ones we know are good, or are at least getting very good reviews. Occasionally we might get it wrong, but we try our best!

Alongside our policy of only stocking the best in board and card games, we also try and seek out the "harder-to-find" games that are very highly rated on the BoardGameGeek. This means that you will find some games here that you haven't been able to find easily at many other board game shops in the UK.

We also run 2 gaming nights every week! Shire Gamers meet on Thursday nights at the shop, and Mondays in the pub! You can find all the information on the Shire Gamers page.

So, if you're looking for a game or two to add to your collection, why not drop in (directions here) or visit our online store and have a browse around.

Alternatively, if you're just looking for some advice or you have a question about a particular game or how to play it, why not drop us a line at


If you would like a taste of the sort of Board Games that we stock, check out our catalogue page, our online store, or the excellent website.

Keep an eye on our latest ... page for up-to-the-minute information, or feel free to contact if you have any questions at all.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Nick and Sue