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Barter Books

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Unbelievable asset to the town. The variety of books is amazing . Bargain pricing is not on offer... read more

Reviewed yesterday
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Amazing place!

An outstanding bookshop with a good cafe attached, using the former Alnwick railway station. It has... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Nick H
London, United Kingdom
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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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Alnwick Station Wagonway Road, Alnwick NE66 2NP, England
+44 1665 604888
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Reviewed yesterday

Unbelievable asset to the town. The variety of books is amazing . Bargain pricing is not on offer and finding the book you want is a matter of time and patience.But its well worthwhile believe me . The cafe is lovely and the food good...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Robtt
Reviewed 3 days ago

An outstanding bookshop with a good cafe attached, using the former Alnwick railway station. It has a little model train running round over the tops of the book cases. I confess I did not buy any books because it was quite difficult to find what...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Nick H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you love books this is the place for you. Warm,comfortable and totally absorbing. Takes you back in time too.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Devenar69
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are absolutely loads of books in this bookshop. It is so hard to choose a book. They have music, fishing, and birdwatching. They also have seats so you can sit down and read. They also is also a large train set that goes around...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Bibcay
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing place..incredible use of the station building. Loved the model train running arounc the top of the books, the open fires, the honesty coffee bar, and of course the huge selection of books (mainly second hand) but a few new ones by local...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never visited before, what a great surprise! If you like or love books, then you’ll love this place, if you like open fires on a cold day, chairs and a settee to sit on in front of the fire, whilst having a coffee, it’s for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Beefy00
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Barter Books on Boxing Day and was surprised to see how busy it was (as were the staff!!). Having browsed the 1000s of books on display, we opted for bowls of home made Plum Tomato Soup in the Buffet/Waiting Room – the soup was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 797SusanB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super interesting shop. The whole group visiting bought some books. They have everything a cafe a train ride on top of the bookshelf:)

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 447Oliver
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Living locally, I have used Barter Books from its first opening and have always taken visitors there and shopped there myself. However, they are becoming increasingly self important and greedy in their dealings. I have in the past both bought and sold expensive books and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank JAVY53
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

huge selection and catalogued. Mainly second hand. Great cafe and tea room/restaurant Next to the books. Is housed in the former alnwick railway station buildings. Limited parking but there's a handy supermarket with parking next to barters

Date of experience: January 2019
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Anne P
November 11, 2018|
Response from JAVY53 | Reviewed this property |
You don’t donate but barter. Take your books and they offer a barter price( or not). You can use the money to buy books. If you return a book bought from them you usually get half of what you paid. They will explain all to... More
Jill H
November 7, 2018|
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Response from Christine S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The only place dogs aren't allowed is in some parts of the cafe, but they are definitely allowed in one part as we took our dog here.
October 1, 2018|
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Response from gazzahall77 |
I’m a drama student see. Nothing smart about it