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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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Quirky bookstore/cafe

Located in an old train station this is a good location for a leisurely coffee and cake or alternatively a hot meal served in 'The Waiting Room' with a nice coal fire keeping you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Located in an old train station this is a good location for a leisurely coffee and cake or alternatively a hot meal served in 'The Waiting Room' with a nice coal fire keeping you warm. Once you've finished your coffee or during, you can browse the vast collection of second hand books in the store. Staff in the cafe were... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

I did not expect this much from our visit! The place is magnificent! Warm, real fires, comfy chairs. On site Cafe and coffee and biscuit whilst reading option! Row upon row of ANY kind of book. New, old. Fact , fiction.. Any kind, signed, rear. You name it! They will buy books from you as well! If you like books... More 

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Worksop, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

One of my daughter's teachers recommended this second-hand book shop and I'm so glad that we visited it. You're expecting a small, quaint place and so when you see the sheer amount of books you're in for an extremely big surprise! There's books for everyone, plus coffee, cakes & free bookmarks. Dogs welcome in the heated lobby area. (Yes, it... More 

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Doncaster, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Fabulous idea, beautifully laid out and playful. Easily filled a couple of hours and I've come away inspired and surprised.

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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Had heard a lot about this place, just wasn't prepared for the huge seletion of books! A massive range on every topic imaginable. Fair price paid for some old ones and a pleasant couple of hours selecting new ones. Good coffee and cakes meals looked good too. Roaring fires and comfy seats. Resisted buying all my childhood annuals - well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The place is massive and has books on any possible genre. Dogs are welcome, and tea, coffee and foods are available. Should definetly visit when close by!

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Durham, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

You can bring your second hand boos here to sell as well as buy books It is in the old railway station and is well worth a look even if you don't want to buy anything It has a café and reading areas and in the winter you are welcomed with real coal fires

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I mean, I'm not the official arbiter of such things. I want to make that very clear. I don't have official or legally binding powers to declare any sort of superlatives. However, I did manage to buy a whole host of Greek and Roman plays and poetry for around £15, and my friend found a book of poetry in which... More 

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Welwyn, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

located in the former station, this is just the best experience. A model train layout above you, gorgeous nooks and crannies for sampling the huge, well organised cornucopia of books. It was Barter Books who discovered ' Keep Calm and carry on'. Every genre of book is there.

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Ely, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

A day spent here is a wonderful experience - the building has been beautifully kept and imaginatively designed inside to preserve a lot of the original features It caters for the bookworm and lover of good, local food and good coffee, with comfortable spots to read, roaring fires, books, books, books - and cds and dvds, too. I brought a... More 

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