Barter Books

Barter Books, Alnwick: Hours, Address, Barter Books Reviews: 4.5/5

Barter Books
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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tc241103
Tamworth, UK123 contributions
Interesting place to visit
Sep 2021 • Friends
A fantastic second hand book shop set in the Old Station building. Inside there are rows and rows of book cases filled with all sorts of books both fact and fiction. There is a brilliant model railway above your head in the room where the tills are. If you're a book fan you will spend ages here. Even if you're not a book fan then it's well worth a visit to look round. The car park is interesting as it's on each side of the building but very narrow and in occasions cars get jammed and there is a 'discussion' on how to get out 🤣
Written October 20, 2021
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Elizabeth V
Bognor Regis, UK738 contributions
Without Covid would be great
Oct 2021
During Covid-19, this is a disaster. There is very little room inside as the books take up so much space, so social distancing is impossible. There is plenty of sanitiser, but there are plenty of people not wearing masks. Could not wait to get out. This is a shame because it is clearly vast and has a massive store of second-hand books. More than our local library! They are not restricting numbers inside at any time, so they made no sale to us. Maybe, if ever in the area again, will give it a try.
Written October 17, 2021
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Paul R
Walton on Thames264 contributions
Top secondhand bookshop with seating and excellent snacks
Oct 2021
Probably the best secondhand bookshop I have been to anywhere on this planet. If you cannot find something of interest (if only the cracking cake) you lead a sad life.
Written October 13, 2021
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john h
Hartlepool, UK393 contributions
disappointing
Oct 2021
Usually i enjoy a good look round Barter Books, we have something to eat and drink in the station cafe but this time we could not move for dogs.
when did a book store become a haven for dogs.
we went into the cafe and found a table, i ordered at the counter and our coffee and tea were brought to us by a very nice friendly lady.
as we sat people kept looking in for tables and thankfully they were all occupied for some of them were being towed by huge dogs.
No disrespect to Barter books but i think a book store isn't the place to bring dogs and i'm an animal lover.
two huge dogs even sniffed at our table, thankfully we didn't have food.
i dont want to appear to be snobbish but dogs in eating places.. No Thanks
Written October 10, 2021
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Alison C
57 contributions
Unique location for book shop
Oct 2021 • Couples
What a wonderful find! We visited twice during our stay in Alnwick. Amazing selection of second hand books on display with model trains going round the shelf tops! Nice little children's section too. The books are well laid out in various sections all well marked. Some signed or first editions are in glass cases. There is also a wonderful cafe in the old waiting room of the old railway station and other rooms, serving excellent breakfasts and lunches. Very friendly staff and effi service. Well worth a visit.
Written October 6, 2021
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Paul R
Wellingborough, UK640 contributions
A Temple of The Written Word
Sep 2021
'Shop' seems an inadequate word to describe Barter Books. This vast, cavernous building is jam packed with many thousands of books of every description and would put any of Hay-on-Wye's famous equivalents to shame. Like, I suspect, many a visitor, I had popped in as a tourist, due to its reputation as an oddity, but wished I had the whole day to properly peruse the shelves.
Books aside, there are several other features of interest. The building itself is distinctive, with its high, ornate ceiling and has been further augmented by a huge literary mural in the entry area (see how many literary figures you can recognise) and a toy train that whizzes around the shop just above head height. There are also numerous boards above the walkways painted with quotations from notable authors and poets.
There are also two restaurants within the building. I had a snack in the characterful Station Buffet bar, which was tasty and generous in proportions.
If you have only set aside enough time for a flying visit like mine, then this provides enough novelty to make it worthwhile but much better to set aside at least a few hours and really get stuck into some literary browsing.
Written October 4, 2021
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Carol B
Birmingham, UK4,987 contributions
BARTER BOOKS - A BOOKWORMS PARADISE
Aug 2021
Monday 23 August 2021, On the way into Alnwick my husband and I had noticed a sign for ‘Barter Books’, a second hand bookshop located in the old railway station.

My husband and I are both bookworms, so we decided we must go in and have a mooch around. Three hours later we emerged with some gems. It was an amazing place, just like the place I worked in my teens only on a much larger scale.

My husband purchased one book on ‘The Celt’s’. I purchased four books; a Folio book for my husband on ‘Medieval People’ and three Robin Cook novels called: ‘Harmful Intent’, ‘Fever’ and ‘Sphinx’.

I even found inspiration whilst I was here as I wrote a poem called ‘The Magic of Wordsmiths’.

If you love books, then this is a must for the bucket list.
Written September 30, 2021
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gourmetflaneur
York, UK1,025 contributions
Books, rail architecture and a cafe - all in one brilliant building.
Sep 2021
The old station in Alnwick is now a glorious bookshop, full of secondhand books of every shape, size, vintage, genre and price. It is notable for three things in my mind: the architecture of the station is relatively intact; the book range of large and eclectic and you have a cafe. The train shed roof looks intact and original, there are original features such as the water font with the typical cups chained in place. The font was carve from one large piece of stone. The old waiting room is now part of the cafe's seating area and at the entrance the original ticket office window and fire place are still there. The book display is well organised with rarer and pricier books in locked glass cabinets. The rest are arranged in bookcases that are far better signed than in many second hand bookshops. Hard to resist. I did not try the cafe but it looked to be reasonably price and was very popular.
Written September 28, 2021
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chezclee
6 contributions
Scones and books
Sep 2021 • Friends
So many books to browse or buy. Varied, comfy seating, clean toilets, tables to rest your big books on. Cheese scones are amazing, carrot cake not so much. Coffee is rich and satisfying. Menu good but hot food stops by 430. Will visit again.
Written September 12, 2021
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mukhasben
South Shields, UK1,218 contributions
Good old fashioned second hand books on a huge scale
Sep 2021
We’d planned to visit Barter Books after redecorating and discovering how many books we actually had! It’s signposted and is part of the old Alnwick railway, in fact it is like a tardis, you enter and yes there’s books by the hundreds in what looked like a small waiting room, then a slight ramp takes you into the Shed! A train runs around over head and we just thought the atmosphere was great. Not being a Kindle fan the smell of books is in the air (sad but true). The premise as well as selling paper back and hardback books, maps, dvds and cds, is you bring in your books create a paper account and get a value for your books. Whether you accept the offer is up to you. We took 10 Annuals in for valuation from the 70s and 80s and a valuation after 10 mins was £30. If we’d accepted the amount your account is credited with that amount. On this occasion I had sentimental feelings for my 4 Misty annuals so declined the offer. You have 1 transaction per week and next time we visit we’ll take books we are prepared to let go. The shed itself adds to the charm, various seating and old rugs are dotted around and also has a cafe, one part where dogs are allowed. There’s also a cafe just outside where we saw the biggest ice cream cone double scoop we’ve ever seen. It can be overwhelming the number of books and the scattergun arrangement of books, so maybes take a note of what authors or what books your after. Dogs welcome too.
Written September 11, 2021
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