We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Barter Books

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Review Highlights
First visit

Keep calm and carry on! I could spend hours here, such an amazing place. Really nice that there's... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
LSBTP
via mobile
Food

Great food. Always busy. Love the open fires. Nice atmosphere. Food consistent. Everything I've had... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Clare L
via mobile
Read all 1,566 reviews
359
All photos (359)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“book shop”(154 reviews)
“old railway”(173 reviews)
“book lovers”(141 reviews)
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.
Closed Now
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
See all hours
Contact
Alnwick Station Wagonway Road, Alnwick NE66 2NP, England
Website
+44 1665 604888
Call
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Alnwick
from US$ 57.70
More Info
from US$ 50.00
More Info
from US$ 47.40
More Info
from US$ 57.70
More Info
Reviews (1,566)
Filter reviews
1,554 results
Traveller rating
1,186
299
49
13
7
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
1,186
299
49
13
7
Show reviews that mention
All reviews book shop old railway book lovers waiting room station buffet model railway station building book shelves toy train children's section trains running biscuits comfy chairs open fire original features treasure trove lovely cafe
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 1,554 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Keep calm and carry on! I could spend hours here, such an amazing place. Really nice that there's the opportunity to read books, drink tea... What an experience!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LSBTP
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great food. Always busy. Love the open fires. Nice atmosphere. Food consistent. Everything I've had from coffee to toastie has been excellent.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Clare L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A real icon its always a true pleasure to visit, be it for 20 mins or a day trip! The comfortable atmosphere, seating and open fires made it very cosy indeed. We stopped for Sunday breakfast of sausage stotties with an awesome onion chutney and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mary-Anne M
Reviewed 6 days ago

I've visited quite a few times now and Barter's always seems to have a good selection and wide variety of books every time - always something to tempt me! Also a good place to grab a cuppa or quick bite...especially in the winter beside the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Oot-n-Aboot-Crafter
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. Very interesting and the snacks are excellent. We always take our visitors there for a visit.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Isobel N
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love coming to Barter Books every few weeks. Although it is busy at weekends and during holidays you can still find quiet periods when you can just peruse the book shelves. The food is good and the fires in the entrance and waiting room...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Walkingiris74
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were here for a couples weekend though my husband and I have been here lots of times before. The food was beautiful as always (came twice over the weekend) and had time to browse through the books too.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lizb664
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I live in Alnwick so I’m lucky enough to be able to call into Barter Books quite often! On this occasion I visited alone, early one Saturday morning. I perused the books store before settling down in a cosy corner of the Cafe and ordered...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 559claireg
Reviewed 1 week ago

Barter Books has an amazing selection of second hand books to suit all tastes - helping to save the planet! It is housed in a fabulous old railway station - lots of places to sit and browse. It provides lovely food and it is dog...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Joyce S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great visit for anyone who loves books. Amazing selection, including some specials. Plenty of places to sit and read as well as the cafe. It is worth visiting just to see the beautifully restored building. We could have spent hours here. It is about...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gadabouts95
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 5 nearby hotels
The White Swan Hotel
1,210 reviews
.45 km away
The Hog's Head Inn
605 reviews
1.40 km away
Warkworth House Hotel
450 reviews
8.84 km away
Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel
965 reviews
10.45 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 130 nearby restaurants
Station Buffet Barter Books
577 reviews
.01 km away
Caffe Tirreno
609 reviews
.34 km away
Yan's
399 reviews
.41 km away
Carlo's
452 reviews
.55 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 61 nearby attractions
Lundgren Tours
20 reviews
.37 km away
Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery
171 reviews
.90 km away
Alnwick Castle
4,610 reviews
.79 km away
The Alnwick Garden
4,059 reviews
.33 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Jill H
7 November 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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.
0
Votes
gazzahall77
1 October 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from gazzahall77 |
I’m a drama student see. Nothing smart about it
0
Votes