A work trip to Alnwick this week led to something a little bit special…
After a day spent talking about social media, leaflet distribution and marketing plans, I was rewarded with a stop at one of the North’s best known literary landmarks.
Barter Books is somewhere that I’ve wanted to visit for years, and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s the sort of place that book lovers dream about.
A huge second hand bookshop set inside an old Victorian railway station in a small Northumberland town, Barter Books is a little bit magical. There’s a fire that you can curl up beside with a book, an old fashioned railway style café and endless rows of shelves. Not to mention the poetry and quotations decorating the walls and bookcases.
There’s even a functioning model railway that runs across the top of the bookshelves above your head.
The shop gets its name from the barter system: you can buy a book, but you can also offer your old books to the shop in exchange for credit. There are some truly unique finds among the shelves, including cases of antique books, maps and other items.
It’s the sort of place you could get lost in, completely unaware of the time.