The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre

The Tyne Valley in Northumberland

Explore The Tyne Valley
See Rome’s rise and fall for yourself as you wander along the 73 miles that Hadrian’s Wall has to offer. Take in the visually stunning landscape that follows you along the wall and tells you tales of the archaeological wonder along the way.

Hadrian’s Wall Country

Bordering three counties, the Tyne Valley, most famous for being home to Hadrian’s Wall, has countless experiences and breathtaking scenery to be discovered.

2,000 years have passed since the Emperor Hadrian gave his orders for work on the Wall to commence, yet the 73 miles of this Roman megastructure that snakes across Northumberland’s craggy bluffs and high ridges all contribute to this amazingly preserved landmark.

Along the wall archaeological sites and museums which tell the fascinating story of Rome’s rise and fall. There’s a wealth of other historic sites to see, including the not to be missed Sycamore Gap - a solitary tree made famous in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Explore the stunning landscape of Hadrian’s Wall and the surrounding Tyne Valley by car, on foot or by bike.  Steam across to the pretty village of Wylam, the birthplace of George Stephenson, pioneering railway engineer and inventor of the famous railway locomotive ‘Rocket’. Carry on the railway theme and board a train on the Hadrian’s Wall Country Line. Hop on and off to explore the beauty and charm of towns and villages such as Haltwhistle, Bardon Mill and Hexham, or simply relax and take in the breathtaking Northumberland scenery. Turn your visit into a stay and find accommodation in Hexham.

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre is located on Hadrian’s Wall, and is an exciting visitor attraction that will help you explore our wonderful landscapes and rich heritage. Open all year round, The Sill boasts a fully-accessible grass roof to a viewing platform overlooking Hadrian’s Wall, an 80-seat café with panoramic views, a free-to enter exhibition about our landscapes, a shop specialising in local gifts, food & drink. Changing Places toilets, a visitor information service, free Wi-Fi on-site and a youth hostel.
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