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Barter Books, Alnwick

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Browse through shelves of books at Barter Books, one of Europe's largest second-hand bookstores. Wander the aisles and flick through antique books, contemporary fiction, and everything in between. Make your selection in comfort while sitting in a cushy chair by the fire. Trade in old books for new ones, if you happen to bring them along. Enjoy the atmosphere of this shop, built inside an old Victorian railway station and its details, such as high arched windows and a model training running above the stacks. With our international travel planner, Alnwick attractions like Barter Books can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Did I say I love it? I'll say it again - I LOVE IT. What a fabulous place. If you're in the area you HAVE to visit. I had breakfast there then spent a couple of hours just browsing the books and watch...  more »
  • Barter Books has an incredible range of second hand books in every genre possible. Organised by genre, and clearly displayed, it's not too difficult to find what you're looking for. There's comfy chai...  more »
  • Felt like I was walking into heaven! Beautiful, picturesque, great content, kind staff, lots to choose from. A little safe haven for any bookworm!  more »
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  • If you are interested in books you could spend a couple of days in here. There is a huge selection going back centuries and they will give you credit for books you bring in. My wife found a book she had been looking for for 25 years. Prices are reasonable, rather than supper cheap. Quirky and pleasant. The is a small cafe on site and the staff are helpful. Parking can be a problem. Fun fact - they have the original version of the famous and much aped "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster.
  • Books people place and a train. I have this idea that experiences like a cafe or a shop should be able to satisfy a spiritual need for aesthetic without a need to posses, a counter to consumerism. That we should buy consciously rather than greedily needing to posses. Our experiences should be more than just functional to be uplifting and you hit the spot with the help of your other customers who seemed to also be enjoying the moment.
  • If I do it just this once will you promise never to ask me again, please? This is because I live 400 yards (metres?) away and I come into your Bookshop a lot. But today, you will be pleased to know, because a young colleague of mine was passing through Aknwick and asked if we could meet, I suggested BB anbiked recommended the Macaroni Cheese for lunch. He paid as he is still on expenses and I am long since retired. He still values my experience and thoroughly enjoyed his lunch. 5 Stars.
  • We go here regularly and absolutely love it. Even if you aren't that interested in literature you should visit as there is so much on offer! The restaurant is nice with good food and there is coffee and cookies on offer at an honesty box where you can sit and read. Love it.
  • Best book shop ever. Massive range of books, big comfy chairs to sit and read, glorious open fires, good cafe, friendly to dogs and to top it all off, it's based in a beautiful old train station with a model train running around the roof. A lovely way to spend a rainy day but bring a jumper on a cold day!

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