The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre

In a nutshell

Visit the National Landscape Discovery Centre in the Northumberland National Park for exhibitions, learning, events, Youth Hostel, cafe and more.


Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 7AN

Contact details

Tel: 01434 341200

Activity type

Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Outdoor Activities

Suitable for

All ages

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre details...

The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre is named after the famous volcanic geological feature – The Whin Sill, upon which the Emperor Hadrian built his Wall in AD122. It is an amazing new visitor attraction funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in partnership with Northumberland National Park and YHA England and Wales. The beautiful building and UNESCO World Heritage Site has facilities offering a year-round programme of events to inspire you to explore the landscapes, history and heritage of Northumberland.

The most striking feature is its walk-on grass roof and viewing platform overlooking Hadrian’s Wall and surrounding countryside. Alternatively, you can view amazing vistas from the comfort of the Café specialising in local food. Afterwards you can walk around an interesting interactive exhibition that will help explain how the countryside has changed over thousands of years and is still changing to meet current needs.



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Stay safe. Coronavirus advice is being updated regularly. Some attractions are starting to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Enjoy browsing the site for trips and please check directly with the venue before visiting.  Let’s Go with the Children is here to help and support families with ideas and information on what attractions are re-opening.