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Barter Books

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The best book shop I have seen for a long time!

It is part book shop, part coffee shop, and it is glorious. perfect for spending an hour or two... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Udi S
This place proves my theory!

I always say that there are more books published than I could ever read in a lifetime, so why slog... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Peterborough, 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 3 days ago

It is part book shop, part coffee shop, and it is glorious. perfect for spending an hour or two with the kids (and the coffee was great too)

Thank Udi S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I always say that there are more books published than I could ever read in a lifetime, so why slog through a book you are not enjoying? This shop proves my point. One of the best secondhand book shops we have ever visited and with...More

Thank Mummymoggy
Reviewed 5 days ago

You can spend a couple of hours here no problem,sit by the cosy fire have coffee and just chill.its quite amazing inside,book lover heaven.We had a coffee and cake and scone in the back room which is a proper little eating area with a real...More

Thank Sandie M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Had never heard of this place till we were in Alnwick but as a book lover felt I had to visit. We went on a Saturday at lunch time, but were lucky and there were still parking spots next to the building. Assuming that dogs...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not a big reader,but my partner is and was amazed how many books there is in this place.Any book reader must think they are in heaven.My partner said we would have to spend a week here and no she was not kidding.The cafe...More

Thank M3292WYpauld
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating bookshop with something for everyone. Maybe a little overwhelming unless you go with some idea of what you might be looking for.

Thank twrightey
Reviewed 1 week ago

I could have stayed here all day. Good food, comfy seats, warm fire and books! So many books! Not forgetting the trains running on track over the bookshelves. It was heaven!

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a surprising place / much bigger than I expected / the toy train running around the top of the book shelves is a delight and would bring a smile to anyone’s face .the place was busy but not too crowded as not to room...More

Thank Irene P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got into conversation with a local couple at the hotel where we were staying and they recommended we visited here. Well, if you like browsing bookshops there can be no better place. In fact, it was a little overwhelming to begin with, so vast is...More

Thank Youngatheart6248
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely loved our visit to Barter Books on Thursday. Such a cosy interesting place to wile away hours in. Had a lovely lunch here and picked up some beautiful bargain books and a dvd.

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7 November 2018|
Response from Topsyfeet | Reviewed this property |
Hi yes it is there was lots of lovely well behaved pooches
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