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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. Put Barter Books into our Alnwick online journey planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Alnwick.
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  • An amazing quirky second hand bookshop!! Found annuals that I had in the 1960’s that brought back memories Rupert, June and school friend, Jackie... There are so many books that you could spend days h...  more »
  • An excellent book shop so much to choose from, well worth a visit. Everything you could think of and more.  more »
  • Cosy, interesting and lovely food in the cafe. The train track above the books is cool and you could stay for hours  more »
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  • My home from home! ❤️ I rotate my library regularly, and improve my personal collection of books which are important to me by accruing lots of credit bartering books I've read and enjoyed (but not enough to keep). It's a lovely system, in a fabulous environment in all seasons. The food is also wonderful.. Fairly priced and with great service. Sorry to sound 'sad', but I do love Barter Books 📚
  • Well what can be said - we have spent many happy hours here. Reading, looking, sitting with the kids while they played on the book lorry, doodle bugs and browsed books. Haven't found a place as large! Great cafe too. In the winter you can also sit in front of the roaring open fires and enjoy a cup of self serve coffee with barter cookies as well - magical.
  • Started visiting this bookstore many years ago. Absolute jewel and always came away with several books I might not have discovered elsewhere. However it's fame and success meant that when I visited again in mid September (2017) it was rammed on both (week)days. Cafes full, every seat in the house taken, browsing the shelves like a busy supermarket experience. Despite this I came away with a couple of books and will certainly go back any time I am visiting the area. Pity it's 4 hours drive from where I live !
  • An awesome place. A former railway station that, despite the lack of steam train, retains much of its magic. It really wouldn't surprise me if JK Rowling came here, and sat in one of its many snug corners, sipping a coffee and got her inspiration for her first novel here. It's got history, class, creativity and inspiration by the bucket load. It's typically very busy and car park is often fit to burst yet it is still worth it. Browse it's impressive collection of secondhand books while model trains run literally overhead. It has some wonderful first editions , children's storybooks, comics, etc. If you tire, sit by a warm coal fire with a newspaper, or if you've worked up an appetite you can even have a spot of something tasty to eat. Well worth visiting if you are in the area.
  • Best second hand book shop I have ever seen. Massive stock, lots of comfy seats and a real fire. A good cafe/restaurant. It is in a wonderful former railway station and even has a model train running overhead. Dogs welcome.
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