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
Came for breakfast with group of friends and dogs - stunning food and drinks and the most amazing team. Can’t wait to return
Old fashioned charm and warmth.
challenger530, Northallerton, United Kingdom
A visit to meet a local friend, we had never heard of Barter Books, we now tell everyone about it. A long browse,which could have been hours if we had the time, tea and coffee in the buffet,good old fashioned service....a must visit now we have found it.
One for the Bookish and the Book Lover
Keith_Travel_Lite, Brisbane, Australia
The Alnwick Book shop in the Old Alnwick Railway Station is one of the best ways to trade and purchase secondhand books ever. Barter Books may be a place to do some bartering but it does not stop you just having a visit, reviewing books, getting a really good coffee or tea and snack without bringing books with you to barter with, although that appears to be acceptable as well. Reasonable car parking and short walk to everywhere (well it was the Railway Station) Some old favorites re bought like Jupiter Travels, a reference book that was $200 in Australia for GNP 8.60 a good browse about and it's out of the weather.
great place for book and railway lovers !
JOHN04LEEDS, Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
What a lovely warm and friendly atmosphere to spend a couple of hours browsing (and buying) amongst all the thousands of second hand (but good) books - many at very reasonable prices. As bookaholics we absolutely luv this place and never fail to visit whenever we are in Alnwick. You can spend hours (and a small fortune) so be prepared ! The old Anwick railway station still retains its atmosphere and many of its original features - look out for the model railway as it makes its way around its track above your heads ! Also, there is a lovely cosy café - open fires - coffee and biscuit corner should you feel the need to sit down and refresh yourself.
An easy place to lose hours
Tom B, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
It doesn't matter if your bringing books, buying books, browsing or breakfasting, Barter Books is a must do. The food was good, the service good, and the atmosphere quaint and quirky. Just an enchanting place.