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The UK's best flea markets

The UK's best flea markets

It's amazing what you can pick up in a flea market - from vintage clothes and old books to quirky jewellery and traditional homeware.

There are markets offering bargains such as these up and down the country, but it is always good to have a few recommendations so you know where to head for as soon as you step off the coach in your destination.

Tynemouth Station, Tyne and Wear

Starting in the north, there is no better flea market to track down than the one held each weekend on the platform at the station opened by the North Eastern Railway in 1882.

Occupying both sides of the track, visitors can get decked out in Victorian costume, browse antiquarian books or thumb through classic LPs.

The east and west concourses are connected by a bridge decorated with local art projects, which change regularly and entry is free.

Lewes Flea Market, Sussex

Continuing on with the theme of interesting places to house a flea market, this vintage haven in Sussex makes good use of a converted church.

Open to the public every day of the week, it is easy to find yourself whiling away the hours hunting through piles of treasure.

Especially worth investigating is the furniture as it is possible to get your hands on trendy salvaged pieces that would cost a fortune elsewhere.

Capital Carboot, London

Don't be fooled by the name, this flea market at the Pimlico Academy is much more than a car boot sale. It attracts hip young things looking for quality without the price tag and has both indoor and outdoor stalls.

Held every Sunday the best bargains can be found early on, so those arriving from 10.15am are charged a £5 entry fee.

If your coach doesn't get you in until after 11.30am then you will be charged just £1. By this time it is harder to find a designer handbag at a knockdown price, but it is still worth a good rummage.

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