I have blogged about Alnwick and all its loveliness before but it is one of our favourite haunts and one of the first places we headed to once we were safely back in Englandshire.
Alnwick Gardens is pricey for a single visit but we hope to go a few times so an annual ticket was worth it for us.
There are tractors - always a winner.
Did I mention the tractors?
Fabby imaginative planting.
Completely gorgeous flowers for every season.
Pergolas, rills, waterfalls...
Did I mention the fountains?
What's not to like? Actually, what's not to like is the café which is cafeteria-style, noisy, expensive and serves UHT milk out of stupid plastic cartons that spill on your hand instead of nice pasteurised milk out of a jug.
Happily there is a more than satisfactory alternative a short stroll away.
The old station is the most wonderful second hand book shop. Actually warehouse would be more accurate - it is massive!
AND there are trains running around the top of the shelves - you can imagine what the Smalls made of those...
The waiting room has be turned into the most wonderful cosy café with comfy chairs, pretty cushions,
a roaring fire,
and great tea and cake at sensible prices.
A perfect end to a great day out.