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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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  • August 20, 2017
    We heard so much about this place so we had to walk to it and check it out! While I read everything on a reader now this was still a very neat place to see.  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    This is the best kind of book shop! It's huge, with hidden treasures if you just have the time and inclination to look. Book lovers heaven - could easily spend a whole day here and not get bored!  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    The bookshop is housed in the former railway station which is architecturally interesting, stocks books of quality and interest, runs a good Cafe and has free car parking. It is an excellent place to ...  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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