Barter Books is one of the biggest antiquarian bookstores in the UK with a tremendous selection of books from antique to contemporary novels. The place is so big you could literally spend a half a day here easily, inside the building you will find the orginal waiting rooms with roaring fires and places to sit and browse the books, they do what their name suggests as well, you can take in used books and trade against new purchases.
Inside is the Station Buffet - Open every day except Christmas Day, 9:00-18:30. (Last orders for hot food is 18:00) The Station Buffet is owned and operated by Barter Books. The inviting ambiance includes an open fire in three of the rooms, while the menu specializes in the owners' own preference for comfort food at its best - all of which is home-made, using local produce whenever possible. This ranges from soups to bacon sandwiches and our own cutom made hotdogs to Northumbrian rarebit to baked goods to die for! Also on offer: barista coffee, teas, hot chocolate - and, yes, wine, too!
Back in April 1991, and in the face of a rather large overdraft, Mary Manley decided to open a secondhand bookshop - one that would be based on the swap system and called Barter Books. Her husband, Stuart, immediately took to the idea and suggested that Mary open the shop in the front room of what was then his small manufacturing plant, located in Alnwick's magnificent old Victorian railway station. From that time a joint partnership was formed that would eventually result in what the New Statesman magazine would call 'The British Library of secondhand bookshops'.
Open all year
With Disabled Toilet
What a find!
Lovely town Old historic railway station HUGE second hand book shop with cracking cafe If you are in the area it is a must do!
Great huge bookstore
kevin31157, Hopton on Sea, United Kingdom
Visited August. Premises...a converted railway station. The biggest book shop I have ever seen. More like on the scale of a library and just as organised. Also sells first editions. Books are easy to find by type you're looking for. Has a lovely little cafe in it too. A must visit even if you don't buy. Books for everyone!
Huge second hand bookshops
Tracey C, Sheffield, United Kingdom
If you love books then visit Barter Books. Amazing! It's got every book you ever wanted! You can grab a coffee and a comfy seat and have a read whilst there. Lots of books for kids too and some toys to play with too. Lovely place.
The best second hand bookshop
I could spend the whole day here, there are more books than you could ever read in a lifetime. I had remembered to take with me a list of books I wanted and found most of them (I bought 16). There is even a lovely cafe to have a break before browsing again. Also there are lots of seats to sit and look/read before buying. My favourite second hand book shop.
Book lovers paradise
geoff r, London
300,000 books, interesting former station building and good cafe make this place a must visit place for any book lover. It is easy to spend several hours here without realising as there is so much to browse. The old station waiting room is a very nice place to sit and drink coffee/eat lunch. The scones and giant tea cakes are recommended.