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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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My Idea of Heaven! The main reason I came back to Northumberland.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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Ely, United Kingdom
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Ely, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We decided to take a short holiday in Seahouses in Northumbria, and not having had more than a short fleeting visit a few years ago I was eager to check out all the interesting places in the area. My husband and I, both being avivid readers, were delighted to find information on Barter Books in Alnwick. What a wonderful find... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Love this bookshop-we return time and time again.to swap books or records for credit. They have a huge and eclectic selection, covering subjects as diverse as local sport, history, children's books and great literature. The actual building (ex-Alnwick railway station) with its great tea-room, reading spaces and open fire is worth a visit even if you aren't a committed bibliophile.

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nottingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit! No entrance charge, nice little cafe and cosy spots to sit by the fire on a cold day. Can even take your dog inside, as they welcome them with doggie treats and water bowls! Really interesting to browse through the books, childrens annuals and vinyl records- a trip down memory lane!

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Adderbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Books. Coffee. Friendly. ...inside an old train station?? Well done!! This place is at the top of my wife's last in England. I scored so many points.

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

For book-lovers, a paradise. Very sociable, you can spend hours here. A Northumberland "institution", children and dogs welcome!

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

An experience just to visit this renowned store and browse for hours among their masses of bookshelves. Wonderful place to visit and ther is a coffee shop too.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Stumbled upon this whilst in Alnwick, just on the outskirts. The building is a converted train station, still with a lot of the fittings. You could spend all day the there, there are so many books, some vary rare & expensive, also some signed books. As in the title there is a café in a converted waiting room, prices good... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We travel to Northumberland from Essex every two/three years or so, and always stop in Alnwick. This is one place we always visit whilst there. I'm not really a book lover, so I usually spend my time looking at the rare books (behind glass cases), and marvelling at some of the prices. Or, if there's a spare chair, sitting by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is one of our favourite 'escapes' in the world!! You step over the threshold and any stress or troubles melt away as you make your way past hearth fire #1 and into the second section with the little train set running around the tops of the bookshelves. Massive range of second hand books - genuinely something for everyone -... More 

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