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Address: Alnwick Station, Alnwick NE66 2NP, England
Phone Number: +44 1665 604888
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Sun - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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A book lovers paradise

OOOH what an amazing place! One of the biggest second hand book shops in the UK housed in the old railway station at Alnwick. Full of every type of book you could want at very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

OOOH what an amazing place! One of the biggest second hand book shops in the UK housed in the old railway station at Alnwick. Full of every type of book you could want at very resonable prices. My son and I LOVED it.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Vast variety of books,in an unusual building,the old Victorian railway station that also has an excellent Coffee bar in the old waiting room.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We were looking for a place to have lunch on a horrible day weather-wise before heading back home after a lovely holiday. We couldn't have picked a better spot, albeit very busy as everybody else in the area had the same idea. With cosy rooms coal fires and excellent value tasty food in their buffet waiting rooms, the railway station... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This is the perfect bookshop - I did not want to leave. I could happily live in Barter Books. A MUST for any book-lover. Plus the honesty tea/cookies bar is brilliant - I highly recommend the cookies!

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Milton Keynes
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16 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This place is a must to visit and allow time to look at the amazing book stock. Our primary purpose was to have breakfast in one of the waiting rooms with a real fire on a chilly morning. The porridge was 1st Class as were the drinks and toast and marmalade. A highly recommended venue and buffet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

First time here. Recommended by a friend. What a magical experience. Definitely worth checking out. Good old fashioned places like this are such a treat. The honesty box at the refreshments bar, model train running round a track overhead, and hundreds and hundreds of old books covering so many subjects, you'd be hard pushed not to find something of interest.

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East Yorkshire
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I had never heard of this place and we called in while on holiday!!!! What a joy this place is for book lovers. My husband found it frustrating as he was wanting to find specific things and likes things to be very orderly and logical to follow. But the staff are very knowledgeable and were able to direct him to... More 

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Frome
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Any visit to Alnwick really should include a visit to Barter Books. This fabulous secondhand book shop nestles in the wonderful old Alnwick Station. If you love books you'll be in heaven (even without the things listed below). Even if you don't, you'll love the atmosphere, the coffee shop, the murals and the trains running over the bookcases. Super friendly... More 

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Pateley Bridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

For a book-lover this is absolute nirvana. Thank goodness they allow dogs in, or else my poor dog would've been tied up outside for the hours I spent in thrall to their amazing selection of books in a wonderful building. This is the re-purposed railway station (lost to service with Beeching), and the waiting rooms have been re-styled as dining... More 

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

From the comfy seats, quiet niches, welcoming fire and availability of tea and coffee this is how a proper bookshop should be. Situated in the old railway station, there is an aerial model railway as homage to its previous existence and a fantastic mural on one wall. They will indeed barter your books- arrive with a carrier bag of read... More 

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Additional Information about Barter Books

Address: Address: Alnwick Station, Alnwick NE66 2NP, England
Phone Number: +44 1665 604888
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Northumberland  >  Alnwick
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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