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Barter Books, Alnwick

4.7
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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  • I only wish I had more time to have a look around. Amazing second hand bookstore! There was so much to see. I doubt anyone leaves empty handed!  more »
  • Some many books so little time - amazing collection of books - lovely cafe - you can spend hours browsing but will always come home with something- lovely biscuits available in gift boxes. Nice collec...  more »
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  • This bookshop is really fun. There's a great atmosphere, really helped by the open fires... presumably these are not lit in the warmer months, but great on a cold April day. There are lots of customers but it doesn't feel overcrowded. The cafe serves a great range of food. I recommend the Selkirk Bannock, which is two slices of a delicious fruit loaf, heated and served with butter. Yum. The ambience of the place is captivating. The old railway station works brilliantly as a location. The books are arranged well and the book cases are quirky but effective. I enjoyed the quotations that were displayed at high level. These were well-chosen and intriguing. It was enjoyable to see if I could name the author. I would definitely revisit Barters.
  • Good trade in value for my books. The cafe was also great. The sheer amount and range of books they have there is very impressive and the staff are very helpful
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