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Barter Books

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Address: Alnwick Station, Alnwick NE66 2NP, England
Phone Number: +44 1665 604888
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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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Great rainy day browsing

It is self evident that if you love books that you will like this iconic site. The quirky relaxed atmosphere and the excellent catering make for a fantastic experience...and they... read more

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Cumbria
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

It is self evident that if you love books that you will like this iconic site. The quirky relaxed atmosphere and the excellent catering make for a fantastic experience...and they have books!

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Thank SeenBeen
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

First visit and there are so many books. So much variety with the lovely touch or a train going around the top of the bookcases in the first area. Had a lovely cafe which we didn't use, but looked wonderful and using the train station to the max. Worth a visit even if you don't normally read, it has so... More 

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Thank Damien D
Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A book lovers paradise. Full of second hand books old and new. Open until seven each evening and a great place to browse of you are an avid reader.

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Thank nicholashH777XV
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is AMAZING. Never before have I seen a bigger book shop! They have an evaluation desk for valuing books. They have cases full of first editions. The café, although a little bit pricey, is fantastic with amazing food to boot. I'd recommend this to anyone and everyone who enjoys books.

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Thank Adam B
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I cannot believe that I did not know about Barter Books! This is my idea of heaven. Great use of the old railway station, particularly as I always associate train journeys with reading a book. I loved the model trains running above your head, along with the mural of great writers, both classic & contemporary, and a prophetic verse from... More 

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Thank LizA2018
Wigan, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent.....thousands of books, cheap coffee, great biscuits and a wonderful quirky atmosphere. Real coal fires on cold or wet days and lots of fixtures from the old railway station days. Catering is also available. Parking can be a little tricky but the place is dog friendly

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Thank Jim H
East Midlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you enjoy books this place is a must see. Barter books is located inside the old railway station and it has a bit of a Harry Potter feel about it. A model train loops around overhead whilst you view every conceivable genre of book. There are chairs and settees spread around between the shelves where you can sit and... More 

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Thank Ke1thred
Scottish Borders, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

NB "barter" means barter, if you take books you get a voucher to spend in the shop, and you can only take a limited number of books to barter each time. However, equally interesting is the station itself, and there is a small guide [.20p] which takes you around the main features and tells you the history. A model railway... More 

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Thank Pippa65
County Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have visited this huge bookshop on many occasions and it just gets better. A huge selection of books and time just stands still, so relaxing with coffee shop at hand and fabulous staff,roaring fire in the winter. Everyone must visit.

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Thank jeannieperry1960
Holmes Chapel, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent selection of books both more recent and older titles. A lot of space and comfy seats to take time out and relax. The staff were friendly and helpful. We spent about 90 minutes in the shop but could cheerfully have spent another hour or more. We all found books that we wanted to buy. Great atmosphere.

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