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Barter Books

Closed Now: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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Beautiful books

I love coming to Barter Books every few weeks. Although it is busy at weekends and during holidays... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Alnwick, United Kingdom
Favourite place in Alnwick

We were here for a couples weekend though my husband and I have been here lots of times before... read more

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“book shop”(154 reviews)
“old railway”(171 reviews)
“book lovers”(141 reviews)
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 yesterday

I love coming to Barter Books every few weeks. Although it is busy at weekends and during holidays you can still find quiet periods when you can just peruse the book shelves. The food is good and the fires in the entrance and waiting room...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were here for a couples weekend though my husband and I have been here lots of times before. The food was beautiful as always (came twice over the weekend) and had time to browse through the books too.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lizb664
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I live in Alnwick so I’m lucky enough to be able to call into Barter Books quite often! On this occasion I visited alone, early one Saturday morning. I perused the books store before settling down in a cosy corner of the Cafe and ordered...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 559claireg
Reviewed yesterday

Barter Books has an amazing selection of second hand books to suit all tastes - helping to save the planet! It is housed in a fabulous old railway station - lots of places to sit and browse. It provides lovely food and it is dog...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Joyce S
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great visit for anyone who loves books. Amazing selection, including some specials. Plenty of places to sit and read as well as the cafe. It is worth visiting just to see the beautifully restored building. We could have spent hours here. It is about...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gadabouts95
Reviewed 1 week ago

For the book lover, casual reader or not this is a must. We even managed not to buy a book as in the throws of moving house, so not for us at the moment. But we had a very enjoyable visit in the great atmosphere...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kingsand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a gret place for browsing a very wide selection of second hand books but the greater attraction is that it is a unique venue blending nostalgic use of the former railway station with its new use. Fantastic ... and a very good cafe...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Graham J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cute quirky place full of interesting nooks! They have jam packed every corner of this place and it’s awesome to wonder around. We couldn’t get a coffee as was full when we were there but was a great sign so many people enjoy going there...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DanielleN251
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

good use of the old station. lovely open fires and chairs to sit and read before you buy. also has 3 'waiting ' rooms served by the café. lovely cheeses scones

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank chris c
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another stop off when out on motorcycle, bacon butty and a cuppa. Very nice, nice surroundings and pleasant staff. will call again.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ken C
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Jill H
November 7, 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.
October 1, 2018|
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I’m a drama student see. Nothing smart about it