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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
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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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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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101 reviews 101 reviews
27 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

There is limited parking directly outside this former railway station. The whole shop is wheelchair accessible. The selection of books that are for sale is very good, but as this is now a tourist attraction; the prices are far too expensive. There is a great mural on the ceiling. Well worth a visit if you love books.

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La Romana, Spain
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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

What an amazing place. Quite honestly you could lose yourself here browsing the incredible array of books. If you are interested in books, this place is a must, especially on a rainy day when you could easily spend hours in here. Plus, relax and also enjoy a lovely coffee :)

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Ashington, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

ooh this is the place that you just dream about--if you love books--everything at every price is within these old railway station confines ---sit and read --at no cost--have a coffee and bicy --chill to the music ---or sit in front of an open fire or two-----and the books keep rolling------you will NEVER have come across a book shop or... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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120 reviews 120 reviews
23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

What used to be a railway station is now a bookshop - an incredible conversion to such a suited use. From the moment you walk in , you know this is a special place. There are so many books new but mostly secondhand and it will bewilder you where to start looking. Think of a subject - they have a... More

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Godalming, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

What more could you want on a rainy November afternoon in Northumberland....more second hand books than all the Oxfam shops in the UK; comfy sofas; roaring fires; great food; cosy nooks; the history and atmosphere of the old Alnwick train station. Barter Books is a real haven. If you're a book-lover, it's perfect....but even if you're not, it's a pretty... More

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Very worthy of a visit, sit by an open fire and read books for as long as you like in this old railway station. Have a light lunch in the delightful cafe utilising the various station rooms, with lovely old tiles and open fires. Just have a tea or coffee and relax. Service is good as is the whole concept,... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We popped in here on the way out of Alnwick and what a surprise. Boys loved the railway track going round the roof. Loads of books at reasonable cost. If you can't find what you want I think you'd be very unlucky! Good area for little children with bean bags etc. Looked like nice food and drink but we didn't... More

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84 reviews 84 reviews
30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Fantastic. If you love books you'll be able to while away an hour or so in Barters. Fabulous quantity of secondhand books. Browsing the shelves turns out books you always wanted to read, books you've already read but forgotten about and intriguing books you've never heard of but you now want very much. There are books in all genres and... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Housed in alnwick old railway station, this charming building is full of second hand books. There is seating galore to sit down and get stuck into a book. There are a wide range of books to chose from, along with a model railway going round above your head. You can even purchase drinks and food. Parking was tight as it... More

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