Barter Books

  • Antony L.
    "My favourite bookshop anywhere, and certainly best second hand one."(2 Tips)
    Kerstin P.
    "My favourite bookshop!"(2 Tips)
    Tristan C.
    "Tasty cafe, relaxing, historical, lots of books"(2 Tips)
    Antony L.
    "Parking can be a nightmare, but Lidl is next door."(2 Tips)
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  • books
  • buffet
  • coffee
  • café
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  • Anna R.
    If you love books you have to come here. Cozy atmosphere and excellent choice of books!
  • Starskreem T.
    Starskreem TMarch 17
    What an incredible book shop. The cafe was great too!
  • Kieron M.
    Kieron MathewsDecember 22, 2015
    Beautiful building which used to be Alnwick railway station keep an eye out for the model trains that run above the shelves
  • Tristan C.
    Tristan ComleyFebruary 7, 2015
    Tasty cafe, relaxing, historical, lots of books
  • Claire-Louise T.
    Claire-Louise TuthillSeptember 30, 2014
    You can always find something obscure and interesting here.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MurphyJune 1, 2014
    maze of shelves - wonderful reworking of a grand old building - but the car park is a nightmare
  • Martin U.
    Martin UnderhillApril 26, 2014
    Great coffee!
  • Dave F.
    Dave FitchApril 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Summer hours - 9-7 every day, winter hours 9-5 every day but 9-7 on Saturdays
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MohammedMarch 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The hand soap is out of this world. The book selection and coziness of the place is the cream on the cake.
  • David H.
    David Haywood SmithNovember 8, 2013
    The Malteser Crunch is v v good!
  • David F.
    David FreemanSeptember 3, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The cafe is good. I'm having the sausage sarnie - it's good.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WixeyAugust 27, 2013
    Allow loads of time to spend at this bookshop - stunning
  • Claire B.
    Claire BarberMay 18, 2013
    Just 30p for a cup of tea by the fire, quirky and gorgeous. Recommending the Welsh Rarebit on thick bread. Nice
  • Ignas G.
    Ignas GudelisMay 1, 2013
    Coolest bookshop i've ever been to.
  • Claire B.
    Claire BarberMarch 27, 2013
    The Welsh Rarebit is something else, free wifi, cosy by the fire but wrap up if you are browsing for a good read ..
  • Kerstin P.
    Kerstin PearceAugust 7, 2012
    The destination of choice for book lovers of all ages - Excellent Buffet too. Factor in plenty of time here, it's not just a shop, you will be amazed! Cosy real fires in winter! Dogs welcome!
  • Kerstin P.
    Kerstin PearceAugust 7, 2012
    My favourite bookshop! You need plenty of time to browse and admire this beautiful old building. Dogs welcome inside! Not just books, come have lunch in the buffet or just a coffee by the fire!
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GurneyAugust 6, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    A great place to relax and one heck of a unique browsing emporium. Divine springs to mind, buffet, inexpensive coffee and a wonderful collection. Truthful pricing, this is NOT a charity shop.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BittlestoneJuly 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    All of these for less than £20!
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BMay 29, 2012
    Lots of books but also very expensive. If you want to buy a few you might need to sell your anus to cover the cost
  • Tony F.
    Tony FlemingMarch 6, 2012
  • harryh
    harryhMarch 6, 2012
    Commissioned by the British govt before WWII the now famous "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster was forgotten for over 60 years before being rediscovered in a box of old books at this bookshop in 2000. Read more
  • Tracy P.
    Tracy PlayleDecember 22, 2011
    Plan a lot of time to be here! You'll need it.
  • Jonas A.
    Jonas AlmeidaNovember 21, 2011
    Look up for the train!!! Take some time to relax by the fire. Buy some books and have fun.
  • Angus D.
    Angus DuncanOctober 20, 2011
    Try the bacon rolls!
  • Robert James P.
    Robert James PeacockFebruary 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice place but expensive as hell. I've seen the same books a quarter of the price in the local charity shops.
  • Christopher K.
    Christopher KaluzaAugust 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Tyre a Barter Bikkie!
  • Antony L.
    Antony LaneAugust 22, 2010
    Parking can be a nightmare, but Lidl is next door. Make sure you have time to browse properly and at least a rough idea of the kind of books you are looking for.
  • Antony L.
    Antony LaneAugust 22, 2010
    My favourite bookshop anywhere, and certainly best second hand one.
  • Angus R.
    Angus RJuly 12, 2010
    Possibly the best second hand bookshop in the UK... extensive range of everything you can think of.
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