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Barter Books

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Address: Alnwick Station Wagonway Road, Alnwick NE66 2NP, England
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+44 1665 604888
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
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One of the largest secondhand bookshops in Britain and the home of the...

One of the largest secondhand bookshops in Britain and the home of the famous Keep Calm and Carry On poster. Barter Books has become one of the largest tourist attractions in the North East of Englnd.

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What an amazing place

Although we had viewed the website nothing could have prepared us for the reality of this fantastic place. Unfortunately we couldn't stay mire than a couple of hours this time but... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Anne C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although we had viewed the website nothing could have prepared us for the reality of this fantastic place. Unfortunately we couldn't stay mire than a couple of hours this time but we will definitely be back.

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Thank Anne C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow what an amazing place. A must visit, even if it's just to sit in the beautiful waiting rooms with the real fires blazing away.. what a place.

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Thank Graham C
Durham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had lovely food and enjoyed station atmosphere. Quality of food was very good and coffee was super. Great day out.

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Thank 192Rob
York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A disused railway station converted into a secondhand bookshop will never work - BUT IT DOES. There are so many books in numerous categories that will keep you occupied for hours. On a cold winter's day, you can snuggle up by the roaring fires in various waiting rooms with a warm drink. You can sit there as long as you... More 

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Thank Roberto230
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Called in to introduce my other half to it as he had never been. It's such a wonderful magical place. You can just lose yourself in the shelves of books. It's just amazing! Every book you could ever wish for. 1st editions up to newest editions. Love it!!

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Thank Toriallelujah
Longforgan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Not only does this establishment offer a wonderful selection of secondhand books, it also offers a delightful "buffet" café spread through several rooms in this converted station. We enjoyed a (very) Special steak sandwich and a tasty Northumbrian rarebit followed by coffee and carrot cake in the "red" room in front of a roaring fire. A unique (I try not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Wonderful place. Almost brought me to tears, I loved it so much. Loved seeing the original 'Keep Calm' poster and imagining finding it.... Could've mooched around here for hours.

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Thank twooldloves
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

I'm glad we didn't miss this on our short and sweet sightseeing tour up through Northumberland. Popped in having driven just a few minutes from Alnwick castle and we were not disappointed. Serious bookworms could get lost for days but I was content just to potter about for an hour and take in the vibes, whilst wondering whether that noise... More 

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Thank Constance P
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Love the shop all kind of books can be found. It's great sitting by the open fire It brings so many things to life.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

This secondhand bookshop is located in a former railway station in Alnwick and is absolutely vast. The range of books on display is very impressive, ranging from collectable first editions right through to the latest paperback releases. A model railway runs over the top of the many bookshelves. There is a nice café offering a good selection of snacks, and... More 

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