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
Wonderful bookshop so quirky
Amelia H, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
I'm a bookseller, i like books, this place is such a treat. It's got coal fires, it's got a toy train going around above you, it's got a cafe and it's in an old engine shed. Not only that it's got tonnes of books including wonderful old editions, worth a lot of money. There are plenty of affordable books here as well. The atmosphere is just wonderful definitely worth a visit for any bibliophile.
Rodfromsydney, Sydney, Australia
Worth a visit. Unbelievable how busy it was and how many books there are. A real treat of unusual experience for those that love books.
Best bookshop in the world EVER!
Paul C, Earby, United Kingdom
Situated in the old Alnwick Railway station, you are guaranteed to find a book you've always wanted. The largest second hand bookshop I've ever seen. From childhood books to DVD and CD's. Rare and signed copies also for sale. You can also take a bag of old books and they may well buy them off you for credit in the shop. Home of "Keep Calm and Carry On" Great buffet cafe and dog friendly. Well worth a visit!
If your illiterate this really isn't the place for you. Does decent coffee🍷, watched a 2 year old really struggle not to draw a standard toddler picture of fireworks on Descartes today the child was so distressed not to mention the mother.
Book readers heaven
The book shop is amazing, lots of book of all kinds. There is a map which is very handy, and a train running above your head. But most of all there is plenty of places to get food and drink. We like to sit by the fire and have a coffee. You can take dogs in that are well behaved. The only downfall is the car park it's a bit on the small side, but we always managed to get parked. You can spend hours there.