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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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  • Stumbled on Barters by accident and loved it. I was in total awe of the whole place. I spent ages just looking around the old rail fixtures and browsing the books. I even visited the cafe. Really...  more »
  • We’ve been here before a few years ago when the place was a haven with the train running round the top fo the book shelves, shelves packed with books , children’s books at low prices, ride on toys...  more »
  • Simply amazing. Barter Books is a magical place in the heart of Alnwick. It has wall to wall bookcases of second hand books, just walking in to Barter Books makes you feel special. It truly is an amazing place. The food in the cafe is absolutely beautiful, the Thrice fried fries are so good you will have to order more! Other than that, if your into old buildings and old books and just getting that special kinda feeling, barter books supplies them all!
  • The most incredible treasure trove of books, that's also dog friendly. It's a must visit for anyone that loves reading because you never know what you will find. The staff are very helpful, and know where everything is. It also has a great cafe with lovely home cooked food, and they'll bring it to you if you find a little nook to sit and read. I could have spent hours there, and definitely will be back.

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