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Address: Alnwick Station, Alnwick NE66 2NP, England
Phone Number: +44 1665 604888
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Description: 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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Love this place! a beautiful converted railway station, with that almost extinct smell of paper books. This place makes you want to choose a book an old favourite or something... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Wylam, United Kingdom
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Wylam, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Love this place! a beautiful converted railway station, with that almost extinct smell of paper books. This place makes you want to choose a book an old favourite or something completely new, and immerse yourself into it whilst snuggling into one of the many seats on offer, pour yourself a tea or coffee and put your payment in the honesty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Something for everyone. There is an area for adults with coffee and biscuits on an honesty system so you can relax and read. The kids area has a selection of toys to keep the little ones entertained while the older kids choose their books. There is a cafe in some of the old waiting rooms. A model railway travels round... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Barter books is great for anything, I'm not a big reader but as a tour guide they stock hundreds of local interest or history books, but they have thousands of books, cd's and DVD for everyone, well worth the visit. The catering is excellent and very reasonable.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This place is a book lovers paradise, it is crammed with books. There is a 'serve yourself' filter coffee and cookie station just inside the door, but there is a coffee shop at the back of the book shop. Parking can be a problem.

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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

if you want to read it, they will have it! a mountain of books to enjoy and purchase for all ages and all interests. model trains chuff around above your head and if its cold you can enjoy a coffee in front of a giant open fire. be warned, I only expected to be in there 10 minutes, but took... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Curl up on comfy sofas for a read in front of a roaring fire! Heaven! Browse the thousands of books at your leisure........have a coffee or even a meal in the cafe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Barter books is a fantastic place. The cafe is great and the shop itself is beautiful. It is a converted train station using the waiting rooms as reading rooms and café tables. For such an iconic place the book prices are very reasonable. On an aside it is also the place that started the "keep calm and carry on" craze... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Best book shop in UK to browse in, sit in, read in have a culpa and eat in. Formerly Alnwick station, I rember getting off trains arriving at Alnwick station as if it was yesterday_ and I'm not that old! Barter books is a favourite with my father, brother, daughter, granddaughter, friends and ourselves. I put together an itinery for... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Visited this incredible bookshop for the second time today. We stumbled on it last year when we visited Northumberland and were keen to return. Atmospheric, great food, 1000's of books. It's fascinating just to browse round. The shop is situated in the old railway station of Alnwick. The parking is problematic unless you arrive early. Otherwise you need to park... More 

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Brampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

my partner is an avid readers of books. He loved it and we were in there a long time. It is also set in alnwicks old railway station which makes it even more interesting if you like railway stations. A must when you visit Alnwick

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