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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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Great place to while away the hours.

If you love books this is the place for you. Warm,comfortable and totally absorbing. Takes you back... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Glossop, United Kingdom
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It’s huge

There are absolutely loads of books in this bookshop. It is so hard to choose a book. They have... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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 4 days ago via mobile

If you love books this is the place for you. Warm,comfortable and totally absorbing. Takes you back in time too.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Devenar69
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There are absolutely loads of books in this bookshop. It is so hard to choose a book. They have music, fishing, and birdwatching. They also have seats so you can sit down and read. They also is also a large train set that goes around...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What an amazing place..incredible use of the station building. Loved the model train running arounc the top of the books, the open fires, the honesty coffee bar, and of course the huge selection of books (mainly second hand) but a few new ones by local...More

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

Never visited before, what a great surprise! If you like or love books, then you’ll love this place, if you like open fires on a cold day, chairs and a settee to sit on in front of the fire, whilst having a coffee, it’s for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Barter Books on Boxing Day and was surprised to see how busy it was (as were the staff!!). Having browsed the 1000s of books on display, we opted for bowls of home made Plum Tomato Soup in the Buffet/Waiting Room – the soup was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super interesting shop. The whole group visiting bought some books. They have everything a cafe a train ride on top of the bookshelf:)

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 447Oliver
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Living locally, I have used Barter Books from its first opening and have always taken visitors there and shopped there myself. However, they are becoming increasingly self important and greedy in their dealings. I have in the past both bought and sold expensive books and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

huge selection and catalogued. Mainly second hand. Great cafe and tea room/restaurant Next to the books. Is housed in the former alnwick railway station buildings. Limited parking but there's a handy supermarket with parking next to barters

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank James S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great book shop and worth a visit whilst in Alnwick, whether you just want to browse the books or are looking for special editions. There is a lovely atmosphere and at Christmas they give out free mince pies and sherry!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GG878
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good size and interesting place. The fire is nice. But certain sections of books appear not to change that much eg the stock is often the same. Certain subjects are lacking like motoring Audio, HI FI. Not many Technical books either, It is very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Anne P
12 November 2018|
Response from JAVY53 | Reviewed this property |
You don’t donate but barter. Take your books and they offer a barter price( or not). You can use the money to buy books. If you return a book bought from them you usually get half of what you paid. They will explain all to... More
Jill H
7 November 2018|
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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.
1 October 2018|
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I’m a drama student see. Nothing smart about it