Barter Books

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Lonely Planet review

If you're familiar with the renaissance of the WWII 'Keep Calm and Carry On' slogan, it's thanks to Barter Books, one of the country's largest and most beautiful secondhand bookshops. When converting the old Victorian railway station, the owner came across a set of posters – and turned it into a successful cottage industry. Coal fires, velvet ottomans and reading rooms make this a place you could spend days in, the silence interrupted only by the tiny rumble of the toy train that runs along the track above your head.