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Barter Books

Alnwick Station, Alnwick NE66 2NP, England
+44 1665 604888
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Ranked #1 of 7 Shopping in Alnwick
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
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
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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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Visiting Barter Books for the first time is real surprise it is just as the name implies an opportunity to trade in your old books to gain credit to buy more from their extensive stock. It is however so much more, the location itself Alnwick's old railway station allows the railway theme to be carried throughout. The old waiting rooms... More 

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Todmorden, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

On our way up to Craster we stopped by to sample the delights of this beautiful second-hand book shop. First a little about the building itself; it is well worth a visit even if you have no interest in books or bookshops. Converted from an old railway station it has retained much of the original features and the owners have... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
39 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Great place to while away a couple of hours browsing the huge collection of secondhand books. There are lounge seats and tables throughout the building so you can browse away in comfort. Also an excellent Tea room and numerouus hideaways to enjy your cuppa. No one hassels you to buy anything but I defy you not to come away without... More 

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Tomintoul, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

when I moved to Scotland, one of the places I missed the most was this place, so whenever I go south on a visit it's an absolute must to call in, An absolutely fantastic Bookshop with thousands of books,and a wonderful atmosphere, in winter the open fires blaze and coffee always is available, if you just want to sit and... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Soak up the ambience of this beautiful book store! Fascinating to take your time and look around even if you don't want to buy a book! Some wonderful first signed editions and such a quaint place with the train track and sound above you, the crackling open fire and refreshment facilities, quaint nooks and crannies! Not the cheapest second hand... More 

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Alnwick, England, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Barter books, is by far the friendliest and cosiest place to drop in, warm up with a light lunch, hot soup, crunchy roll and delicious coffee or tea. In this old railway station in historic Alnwick, there is HUMUNGOUS second hand bookshop, with blazing fires in old waiting rooms and a canny cafe area. Staff are 'alternative,' and quietly efficient,... More 

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The old Station now an enormous second hand bookshop with tens of thousands of books of every type to choose from. Also the Station Buffet with a wide selection of home made food reasonably priced and excellent quality is a must to visit. You could spend hours in here.

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UK
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89 reviews 89 reviews
22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A fantastic bookshop in the Old Station. Thousands of books and as the name implies you can take in your second hand books and trade them in. The self run buffet/Café is excellent with a good selection of food. Also there is a good help yourself coffee machine with goodies with an honesty box next to a great open fire.... More 

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Something similar to those bookshops in Hay on Wye, not sure if i liked the barter system, unfortunatly did not find any titles to add to my collection

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

One of the best bookshops around, slightly pricey but experience and range of books is great. Nice atmosphere, clean toilets and the station is restored to a high standard. Buffet is good, but beware parking is limited.

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