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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
Traveler Description: A great place for book lovers, with a large selection of paperbacks, hardbacks, collector's editions in a beautiful building (formerly Alnwick... more »
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English first
surrey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I was lost for words. It's the kind of place that I could happily spend an entire day in. If you love books, you'll love this place. It's comfy, warm & cosy and the café has excellent cakes & snacks.

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York, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We had heard this was a BIG second hand book shop, and we weren't disappointed. Entering is slightly overwhelming as there is so much to look at - the model train, the poetry scattered about the place, the artworks, the building itself - as well as the array of books. Also there is a lovely cafe where I had tea... More

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North Yorkshire
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Called in here to use the cafe on our way back to Craster but what a treasure. Could browse the shelves for ever and found a couple of books which I have also devoured. Cafe is good with friendly service. Also facilities for children to enjoy.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is my local book shop. It's a magical place packed with 1,000s of second had books. Helpful staff and a great tearoom. A great place to spend 10 minutes browsing, or a couple of hours. The names comes from the business model. You can either buy books for cash or barter your old ones. I keep a healthy credit... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I gave been meaning to look inside for ages now as we come to Alnwick quite often, but never had the time. We weren't disappointed. An old railway station made it a joy with the little train running over the top of us. Thousands of books for every taste. The old children books brought back childhood memories. Children have their... More

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I'm not a book store fanatic but even I was impressed with this store. It was overwhelming actually. Brilliant place to visit. So much culture and history in one place. Great set out and atmosphere and very welcoming. A must see. Will definitely return.

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Book heaven with a lovely cafe in an old station. Lots of charm including a mini railway running around above the shelves!

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Been here twice in last couple of weeks. Both times food has been delicious and coffee just right.The mushroom soup is the best I have ever tasted with a thick creamy texture. Food orders and payments are taken at the till before food is served. Staff are friendly and polite. Menu is more geared to snacks and light lunches. Prices... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

nothing there to dislike, it was quirky, inventive, fun, would go again and its a real gem and there should be more of them around the country!

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Wymondham
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Not often a bookshop delivers a "wow" factor! Loved this place & will certainly return. Luxuriated in the chance to sit back in a comfortable armchair & read at my leisure. No pressure to buy but the temptation was too great.

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