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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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What a brilliant place

Amazing place books lovers dream. Spent a couple of hours browsing. Served great coffee and cookies and free WIFi

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Amazing place books lovers dream. Spent a couple of hours browsing. Served great coffee and cookies and free WIFi

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This huge bookshop was the old Alnwick station. Floor to ceiling with books all well categorised with a model train running above head height round the shelves. There is an excellent café with imaginative food. There is also an "honesty" area for coffee and biscuits. Don't miss this place only a short walk from Alnwick Castle and gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This place is amazing! So many books! Rows and rows of second hand books all neatly organised by genre. Around the sides are glass cabinets with some pretty impressive rare books. If you are a lover of literature this place is a must!

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Alsager, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

if you love books or are interested in any topic and want further information, then this is the place for you. It covers everything!! Even my little boy loved he kids section and was fascinated by the train travelling around the ceiling

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Heavenly to anybody with even the slightest interest in reading, the children were very interested in the limited editions annuals in glass cases and bought a couple of Beanos from the 90s , The smell of the books mingling with warm coffee was such a comforting experience on a cold wet day :)

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Sale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Barter Books is housed in the old Alnwick railway station. As you enter, you notice a model train running above the shelves of books - and what alot of books there are! The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. If you like to browse books, this is the spot for you. There is also a cafe but, as we didn't... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

This bookshop will always be on my "something to do on a rainy afternoon" list when visiting the area. Great selection - helpful staff - plenty of choice. There are good value catering facilities.

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Great Grimsby
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

for a place advertised as one of the largest second hand bookshops I was disappointed to find that it wasn't that large inside. Indeed it felt as though they had downsized since my previous visit (admittedly 15 years ago) to create eating and dining areas instead. the sections I was interested in (History) were not overly large - probably due... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Loved that this was in an old station. Had a model train running over the vast array of books. Very happy to help staff with good knowledge. Good prices with places to relax and read. You can eat in the cafe and my daughter will love this place when I take her.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

When ever we hit Almwick, never mind Coffee shop, Restraints or the like, Its BARTERBOOKS, this place has everything. First, they buy some books, then for me, As I enter, it a cup of tea and a large biscuit, money into honesty box, lovely seat to sit and drink tea, if lucky, as gets busy. While Chrissie looks for books... More 

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