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Barter Books

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Address: Alnwick Station Wagonway Road, Alnwick NE66 2NP, England
Phone Number: +44 1665 604888
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One of the largest secondhand bookshops in Britain and the home of the...

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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A Book Lover's Heaven

Wonderful place. Almost brought me to tears, I loved it so much. Loved seeing the original 'Keep Calm' poster and imagining finding it.... Could've mooched around here for hours.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful place. Almost brought me to tears, I loved it so much. Loved seeing the original 'Keep Calm' poster and imagining finding it.... Could've mooched around here for hours.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm glad we didn't miss this on our short and sweet sightseeing tour up through Northumberland. Popped in having driven just a few minutes from Alnwick castle and we were not disappointed. Serious bookworms could get lost for days but I was content just to potter about for an hour and take in the vibes, whilst wondering whether that noise... More 

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Thank Constance P
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the shop all kind of books can be found. It's great sitting by the open fire It brings so many things to life.

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Thank aellituv
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This secondhand bookshop is located in a former railway station in Alnwick and is absolutely vast. The range of books on display is very impressive, ranging from collectable first editions right through to the latest paperback releases. A model railway runs over the top of the many bookshelves. There is a nice café offering a good selection of snacks, and... More 

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Thank Martyn R
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you love books, this is the place for you! Lots and lots of books, places to sit and enjoy, a little cafe and also a seating area with drinks, biscuits and an honesty box. The children's area was great, bought two books for my little boy, lots to choose from. The train track that runs through the shelves is... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were told about this place, but weren't prepared for the size of it! Spent ages browsing here, and then it was lunch time. What bad wonder bacon buttie! The best ever!!

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An old railway station is an unusual but fascinating backdrop for a second hand bookshop. Once inside it is difficult to know where to start as the choice of books is so vast. It is probably best to go with something definite in mind or better still go with some old books you want to barter for some newer or... More 

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Thank Peter D
Larbert, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bibliophiles must visit this place! An old railway station converted to a second-hand bookshop. There's a small cafe serving lovely food and a couple of cosy corners where you can relax and have coffee.

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Thank Kathryn G
Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you like books you'll love this place It's also dog friendly and has a cafe Very relaxed you can just look around all day

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went here for a full day out with my Mum for my birthday. We got the train up and the plan was to spend the day browsing, eating cake, and drinking tea. The books and tea were prefect! The shop is lovely, with plenty of books for all interests. Lovely open fires and plenty of places to chill out... More 

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