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Address: Alnwick Station, Alnwick NE66 2NP, England
Phone Number: +44 1665 604888
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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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Absolutely wonderful - I've fallen in love!

I'd heard and read so many great things about Barter Books and finally got the chance to visit for myself. It was even more wonderful than I'd expected. The building itself is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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North East England
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'd heard and read so many great things about Barter Books and finally got the chance to visit for myself. It was even more wonderful than I'd expected. The building itself is just gorgeous, as is the way its been decorated with lights, sofas and book quotes between the shelves. Friendly staff and so many books at such bargaintastic prices... More 

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durham
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124 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a good hour or so buying books and sitting in front of a fire drinking coffee on freezing winters day, highly recommended

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Thank jonnyboy67
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous place great cafe. It's in Alnwick's converted train station The range and quality of books is vast They also have seating areas with open fires for you to sit and browse books

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Thank dletorey
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brilliant place. Something for everyone in the book sense. As well as that there is a wonderful sense of nothing going to waste. Good coffee too (loyalty box) and biscuits beside a roaring fire and comfy sofa. What's not to like especially on a cold winter's day.

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Thank duffield3
UK
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35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place a a Bookie's heaven and if like me you are married to one and have to tag along this is a great place to do it.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Barter books is worth a visit if you are in Alnwick. It is an old fashioned style book store selling books (of course) however it is the atmosphere that is special. It is in an old warehouse with an open fire and relaxing music playing. Seating everywhere, and you can pour yourself a coffee for 20/30p. There is a cafe... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had seen this on Michael Portillo's programme Great British Train Journeys and a friend had visited and loved it so what better day to go than a Saturday in January. They have real fires and a cafe that serves cinnamon toast. Then there are all the wonderful books on every topic under the sun. Even a bargain corner. Lots... More 

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Thank Jan F
Galashiels, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looked for somewhere warm and dry on a New Years rainy day - what a find. Spent 2 hours and quite a few pounds in this brilliant shop. Great atmosphere, choice of books and amazing food next to roaring open fire. Will be back for sure.

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Thank SMT895
Grantham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

Usual fantastic warm welcome with roaring fires and excellent cheap coffee. If you can't find a book you want top buy you must want something really special - which they will probably find for you anyway.

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Thank Wrexon
London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

If you love browsing for second-hand books, then this is the place for you. This is a very large bookshop housed in the old Alnwick station building, so there are lots of books and plenty of space for wandering about, browsing, and reading. They provide lots of seating, open fires (in winter), plus there is an honesty box for freshly-brewed... More 

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