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Address: Alnwick Station Wagonway Road, Alnwick NE66 2NP, England
Phone Number: +44 1665 604888
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Heaven for book lovers

This secondhand bookshop is located in a former railway station in Alnwick and is absolutely vast. The range of books on display is very impressive, ranging from collectable first... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Martyn R
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This secondhand bookshop is located in a former railway station in Alnwick and is absolutely vast. The range of books on display is very impressive, ranging from collectable first editions right through to the latest paperback releases. A model railway runs over the top of the many bookshelves. There is a nice café offering a good selection of snacks, and... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you love books, this is the place for you! Lots and lots of books, places to sit and enjoy, a little cafe and also a seating area with drinks, biscuits and an honesty box. The children's area was great, bought two books for my little boy, lots to choose from. The train track that runs through the shelves is... More 

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wales
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were told about this place, but weren't prepared for the size of it! Spent ages browsing here, and then it was lunch time. What bad wonder bacon buttie! The best ever!!

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Thank whittall
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An old railway station is an unusual but fascinating backdrop for a second hand bookshop. Once inside it is difficult to know where to start as the choice of books is so vast. It is probably best to go with something definite in mind or better still go with some old books you want to barter for some newer or... More 

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Thank Peter D
Larbert, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bibliophiles must visit this place! An old railway station converted to a second-hand bookshop. There's a small cafe serving lovely food and a couple of cosy corners where you can relax and have coffee.

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Thank Kathryn G
Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like books you'll love this place It's also dog friendly and has a cafe Very relaxed you can just look around all day

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here for a full day out with my Mum for my birthday. We got the train up and the plan was to spend the day browsing, eating cake, and drinking tea. The books and tea were prefect! The shop is lovely, with plenty of books for all interests. Lovely open fires and plenty of places to chill out... More 

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Thank Jane W
North Yorkshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Popped in on recommendation from a friend and came out 4 hours later! My husband and I spent ages browsing all the books, sitting round flicking through them over a coffee sat on some of the various sofas around the place before leaving with 2 carrier bags full of books that cost us less than £20! Enjoyed a light lunch... More 

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This wasn't our first review but I felt I needed to say something. FANTASTIC! Thousands of pre-loved books to suit everyone from baby to pensioner. The only issue is the parking which is limited on site but there is plenty I the vicinity. A great cafe too, and lots of areas where you can have a quick read before you... More 

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Thank Allan S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place, I could spend hours here if the wife didn't drag me out,amazing relaxed place to look for your favourite books or just relax and grab a coffee

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