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Barter Books

Address: Alnwick Station, Alnwick NE66 2NP, England
Phone Number: +44 1665 604888
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping & Fashion
Owner description: One of the largest secondhand bookshops in Britain and the home of the famous Keep Calm and Carry...
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Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping & Fashion
Hours:
Sun - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Clearly a converted railway station, this place is astounding. Full of books of all kinds, the only think they have in common is that they're not new. A miniature railway trundles above head height in the entrance hall, a fire burns in the waiting room, next to a coffee (honesty) bar; a buffet looks delightful but we'd had lunch so... More 

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Wakefield
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Brilliant little place if you like looking at second hand books. Not what we expected and were very very surprised at what we found inside.

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Grantown-on-Spey, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A lazy holiday and it was a revisit as we needed lunch. the station buffet is always good quality for amazing prices. the staff are always very nice and we just loved out lunch. Bought some books as well........I don,t know how you can go in without purchasing anything. It is a truly unique place, the only one , it... More 

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Durham
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

THis is a unique place - a huge old railway station turned into a secondhand bookshop, with roaring fires, friendly statt, and the option of bringing in your own books to exchange for credit at the shop. It has a very mixed collection, much of it quite old, and a really reasonably-priced cafe, where you can sit in a cosy... More 

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We visited Barter books on 5 January. We have visited before and it was as charming as we remember it being. It is so clean and tidy and organized. We ate in the Buffet and the food was absolute restaurant quality. It was amazing. We were part of a group and everybodys food was amazing from the presentation to the... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A bookstore with so much character. Loved the little toy train. The ambiance and the sheer amount of books. A great place to lose yourself for a day. The reasons I can't give it 5 stars: 1. The books were shelved incongruously. Eg: I found Terry Pratchett's books in several places. 2. The staff were so busy and seemed unapproachable.... More 

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Cleckheaton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We sheltered in here on a rather wet October day. The place is HUGE, housed in the old railway station. My husband and daughter soon disappeared I sat in one of the many buffet rooms, which were obviously the old waiting rooms. They were very cosy, warm with real fires and fab coffee. My daughter soon appeared with an armful... More 

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North West England
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103 reviews 103 reviews
16 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

What a book shops, cavernous and packed with books of all ages shapes and sizes, we needed a joke book for my 4 year old grand daughter and succeeded and bought a great present for my son in law one which he will love, a unique setting thoroughly recommended

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Hartlepool
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Visited Barter Books again yesterday to browse the huge collection of books old.The lovely old railway station building is a perfect cosy old setting to spend time browsing the collection of books and other items. Very welcoming and cosy with the pleasant Waiting Room cafe a highlight of the visit. I was treated to the best burger I have ever... More 

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Beamish, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This is a gem there is nowhere quite like it for book lovers, you can browse all day and sit and read at your leisure there is no hassle to buy and you can get a coffee and cookie as you sit and browse. Loads of little areas and offshoots and more books than you could ever wish for. I... More 

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