While in Alnwick, visit The Alnwick Garden, a fascinating open-air attraction designed by the famous garden creator Capability Brown. Fascinating at any time of year, it is, of course, most colourful during the spring and summer months. Alnwick is also home to the famous Barter Books, a huge second-hand book shop housed in the town's old railway station. Pick up a bargain, or sit and enjoy a quiet read by their log fire. Make sure to look out for the model train that runs over the tops of the bookcases! Step back into a more civilised age with a visit to Paxton Hall, a fine 18th c. house which houses even finer Chippendale furniture and works of art by Sir David Wilkie and Sir Henry Raeburn. Take the guided tour of the house, and explore its gardens and grounds, or even take a relaxing rowing boat trip up the River Tweed.