“Rambling, quirky secondhand bookstore, with open fires, armchairs, model trains and a simple cafe.”

Barter Books - Northumberland

A secondhand bookstore owned and run by Stuart and Mary Manley, located in Northumberland, England. Barter Books is located in a refurbished railway station was opened in 1991, after the closure of the Alnwick branch line in 1968. One notable feature of the bookshop is its barter system – whereby customers can exchange their books for credit against future purchases (of course, standard cash purchases are also available).

The bookshop has a lot to offer; from open fires and food, coffee, tea and cookies to a mini-cybercafe with free wifi. There is also a model railway acting as a link between the book columns, and poetry lines (as pictured). There are multiple restored station features, generous seating, a children’s room filled with toys and a huge room featuring forty glass cases containing more antiquarian books.

If you have a few hours free, you could easily spend them browsing and reading books in this cozy, quirky secondhand bookstore!

Address: Alnwick Station, Wagon Way Rd, Alnwick NE66 2NP

Hours:  Monday to Friday, and Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 7:00pm

Telephone: 01665 604888

Website: www.barterbooks.co.uk