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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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An absolute gem

What a great place. We visit regularly and never leave empty handed. Everyone needs to visit. Love... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
newcastle upon tyne
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So many books

This is the place for book lovers, rows and rows of books enchant readers. Everything is available... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ulverston, United Kingdom
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“book shop”(146 reviews)
“old railway”(163 reviews)
“book lovers”(128 reviews)
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 4 days ago via mobile

What a great place. We visit regularly and never leave empty handed. Everyone needs to visit. Love it 10/10

Thank pete-the-meat-uk
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is the place for book lovers, rows and rows of books enchant readers. Everything is available. There are warm fires and a cafe, a lovely space to spend time on a cold wet afternoon.

Thank UlverstonJanet
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Every time I’m down in Alnwick, I always drop in here for a few hours. Always pick up a book or comic as there’s always something that catches your eye.

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited today with family oldest 92 youngest 18. Spent a few hours browsing the hundreds of books. Lots of seats open fires and perfect corners to sit and read. We had bacon rolls and coffee in one of several waiting rooms ideal to sit and...More

Thank judeB57
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled on Barter Books after visiting the castle and deciding to walk in to town for a quick glance before we headed back to our cottage near Kielder forest. The store is in an old railway station. I couldn't believe how big the bookshop...More

Thank Carole122
Reviewed 1 week ago

We live local and went to Barter books because we had visitors and it was raining heavy. Had a wonderful lunch that was sensible priced, however the prices for second hand books are way off the scale. I was so dissapointed but will not paid...More

Thank Peter T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is completely packed out with second-hand books. Sofas are provided along with coffee and a lovely open fire. Books are pretty well categorised although the fiction paperbacks seem to be spread around everywhere. A large model train runs around the place on top...More

Thank Tony S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, where do I start? Well, this is probably the largest book shop I have ever visited. I felt a little overwhelmed when I first went in it was so large! In addition the endless book shelves, there was also a small children's area, a...More

Thank Christine S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always visit Barter Books when in Alnwick and it never fails to impress. It's an amazing use of an old railway station and the roaring fires in the cafes (former waiting rooms) never cease to surprise me. Just love the train set too. The book...More

Thank Alison D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really unique place based in the old railway station. Thousands of second hand books and a nice food we shop come cafe. Don't miss it.

Thank applegate69
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Response from gazzahall77 |
I’m a drama student see. Nothing smart about it
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Response from ARTYB1987 | Reviewed this property |
The staff are so lovely and friendly , really helpful , may be worth making contact before, however if if you don't find what you want there are plenty of books to temp you
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Response from Julie W | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are even in the cafe