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Barter Books

Alnwick Station Wagonway Road, Alnwick NE66 2NP, England
+44 1665 604888
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small investment, big treat, which lasts and repays return visits

Barter Books is one of my seven wonders of Northumberland, encompassing as it does remnants of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Fabulous book shop

What a great use of an old station building. You could get lost in here for a long time The open... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sherborne, 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.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“old railway” (134 reviews)
“book lovers” (111 reviews)
“second hand” (75 reviews)
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Alnwick Station Wagonway Road, Alnwick NE66 2NP, England
+44 1665 604888
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Reviewed yesterday

Barter Books is one of my seven wonders of Northumberland, encompassing as it does remnants of railway greatness of yesteryear (Alnwick railway station) nicely re-cycled into an immense Aladdin’s Cave of second hand books, so large, that it always appears different. Its history, from its...More

Thank Toby2006
Reviewed 2 days ago

What a great use of an old station building. You could get lost in here for a long time The open fires and honesty bar for teas and coffees made it a welcome refuge from the wet weather outside. A great selection of second hand...More

Thank KRL59
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Barter Books is unique! I love books and I love an English breakfast. Well, both you will find at Barter Books. A unique collection of (second hand) books, amazing. And it is all laid out in the most interesting building. The old railway station. There...More

Thank Peter M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The most uniques and interesting book store we've ever visited. You'll never want to leave. We visited on a chilly, rainy morning and the fireplaces, hot chocolate and tea made us feel lucky that the weather wasn't very nice. If you are a book lover,...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

More books than a public library some very expensive .a train running around the top.good cafe inside , but if you want cheap cup there is a self serve just to left inside be careful not to walk past

Thank Peter t
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place had been recommended to me by a fellow book lover and although live in the West Midlands was determined to visit somehow and I am so pleased I did This place is awesome!! only managed to spend couple hours here, being on a...More

Thank Alison R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My husband & 8 year old daughter also loved visiting this huge, used bookstore. Be sure to check out the toy train above the book shelves near the checkout area. Huge store with lots of books to choose from & areas to explore. Could have...More

Thank Julie F
Reviewed 4 days ago

This a wonderful second-hand bookshop and one could spend hours in here and still come back for more. We walked through the front door and were totally overwhelmed by the sheer size of the place and the vast numbers of books on many different subjects....More

Thank Angela S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Kept the whole family interested for an hour at least - and as in the best bookshops bought stuff I never would have found online

Thank ccooper8901
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It's easy to spend several hours here and still want to come back for more. Found many books that I didn't know I wanted to read!

Thank Michael M
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linda w
2 August 2016|
Response from BoytonBoyAbroad |
Yes, I am certain there were two disabled bays right up by the entrance
linda w
2 August 2016|
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Response from magsbr | Reviewed this property |
Think there was, may be limited though. We parked in the street at the side - mother has a walker & managed fine.
14 July 2016|
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Response from Rika G | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can take dogs to Barter Books!!!