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Address: Alnwick Station, Alnwick NE66 2NP, England
Phone Number: +44 1665 604888
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Sun - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Description: 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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A must visit if you're anywhere close to Alnwick

I'm fortunate enough that my parents live very near to Barter Books, so I visit the shop everytime I'm up north. It's a real treasure trove and I never get tired of wandering up... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I'm fortunate enough that my parents live very near to Barter Books, so I visit the shop everytime I'm up north. It's a real treasure trove and I never get tired of wandering up and down the aisles. It's a lovely, friendly place with roaring log fires and side rooms where you can sit with food and drink from the... More 

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

incredible selection of books - you could spend days here - real log fire with armchairs and sofas to peruse the books - and a terrific cafe with very reasonable prices - a great place to visit and spend !!

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Spalding
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Incredible, impossible to believe that there are really so many books of every genre here. One could spend days browsing. This is a wonderful place to visit even if you are not an avid reader. Great.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I love second hand books but often find second hand bookshops disappointing as any specific book or author is impossible to find. This shops shows how it can be done. There are chairs to sit in to read and a cafe. there is also a train in the roof. The shop sells DVDs and CDs as well.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Absolutely wonderful, love the books and loved the amazing service received in the restaurant. Fabulous food and fast, efficient, friendly staff. No complaints whatsoever.

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Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Great second hand bookshop in an old railway station - spent a fair bit of time here with my 9 & 10 year old children. We came away with several books...

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Coalville, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

It is always worth a visit whatever the weather, time of year or time of day. An incredible variety of books, old, older and not so old along with a cafe and a coffee lounge just invite one to sit,read and let the time drift by. I always come out with a book having spent 50p on a coffee and... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

What a treat for any reader. This converted railway station is home to one of the largest second-hand bookstores in the UK. It is wonderful. Just walking around is a treat as there are murals and all kinds of memorabilia throughout. They even have a little café for coffee and sweets.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is truly an amazing book shop. It surpassed my expectations. The selection of books is staggering and the ambiance of the place is superb. My only regret is not being able to spend longer in there- but all the more reason to ensure I revisit!

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

So awesome I want to live there! One day visit is not enough. Books on every subject you can think of n lovely little cosy areas to chill and read and a fab cafe with great ambiance.

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Additional Information about Barter Books

Address: Alnwick Station, Alnwick NE66 2NP, England
Phone Number: +44 1665 604888
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Northumberland  >  Alnwick
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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