Discover The Sill

Discover The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre

Nestled in the heart of the Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site lies an architectural marvel – The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre. Since its opening in 2017, this award-winning building has established itself as a beacon of accessibility, promising an ideal place to start exploring Northumberland National Park’s breathtaking landscape, culture and heritage.

If you’ve always wanted to immerse yourself in one of England’s most picturesque landscapes, The Sill is your ideal starting point. Spanning nature, climate, culture, and heritage, it beckons both the adventurer and the history enthusiast. 

The Sill is inspired by The Great Whin Sill, Northumberland's internationally renowned geological feature

The Sill, Northumberland

As you step into this free-entry centre, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a myriad of experiences waiting to be unearthed. Whether it’s the seasonal exhibitions or the 360-degree views from the accessible rooftop walk, The Sill ensures you capture every essence of the National Park and Hadrian’s Wall.

For fans of the silver screen, the iconic tree from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Sycamore Gap, is a must-visit, and The Sill provides the perfect launch pad. Whether you’re in the mood for a brief half-hour stroll or an exhilarating 3-hour adventure, the paths stemming from The Sill will guide you through some of the most memorable and scenic parts of Hadrian’s Wall. Adventurous souls can even book Ranger led e-mountain bike tours.

Can you walk from the Sill to Sycamore Gap? Yes, it's 1.4 miles and takes about 30 mins

Creativity flows through every corner of The Sill.

Inside, the permanent exhibition is a marvel in itself. Through a blend of geological artifacts, historical exhibits, and interactive audio-visual displays, the story of Northumberland unfolds. This exhibition isn’t just a presentation; it’s an invitation – beckoning you to ask deeper questions about the world, climate change, and our place within it.

Creativity flows through every corner of The Sill. The Stell exhibition space keeps things fresh with a rotating line-up ranging from art to science. Simultaneously, The Sill hosts events year-round – whether you want to dabble in Northumbrian crafts or join a Ranger-led interactive session, there’s something tailored for everyone in the family.

The Sill shop Northumberland

the amazing shop

The Sill’s shop is a tribute to the local spirit. Brimming with the craftsmanship of regional artists and artisans, you can find the perfect keepsake to remember your visit. From art and ceramics to local delicacies and beverages, it’s a cornucopia of Northumberland’s essence. Whether you’re looking for guidebooks or unique souvenirs, over 80% of their products are locally sourced, reflecting their commitment to the community.

After your explorations, unwind at The Sill’s café.  This sunlit haven serves a diverse menu of locally inspired dishes and beverages. As you sip on your drink, you can relax to the melodies of Northumbrian music, all while soaking in the panoramic views of Hadrian’s Wall. And if you’re feeling indulgent, their unique hiker’s afternoon tea is a delight you shouldn’t miss.

Not forgetting the lovely food at the Sill, best Carrott cake ever!

A Warm Welcome at Hadrian's Wall Camping

In essence, a visit to The Sill isn’t just a trip; it’s an experience. At Hadrian’s Wall Campsite, we are just 2 miles from The Sill so easily accessible by car, bike or a short walk away.  It’s a fabulous visitor attraction for all the family and we certainly recommend a visit (please click on the link below for opening times and for further details of the various events and activities throughout the year).   

So, if you’re planning a memorable getaway, look no further than Hadrian’s Wall Campsite and dive into the history, embrace the adventure, and create memories that last a lifetime.

It's just 2 miles from Hadrian's Wall Campsite to The Sill