The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre

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The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre

The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre
3.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre is Northumberland National Park's visitor centre that will excite and inspire people of all ages to explore the landscape, history, culture and heritage of Northumberland. The Sill features exhibitions, learning and event spaces, a local food café, a world-class Youth Hostel and a shop specialising in local crafts and produce.
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hkghatorae
Glasgow, UK81 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Great tourist attraction with a huge carpark. Shop, cafe & geology information of area found inside. Shop staff were warm, friendly & keen to help. Cafe staff could do with smiling when serving customers. We got soup & sandwiches in cafe which were ok but not fantastic. The Sill has a viewing platform which was lovely. We did the Hadrian's Wall walk across the road which was brilliant. Took us about 3 hrs to complete - mainly because we kept stopping to take in the scenery & do photo shoots. No drones allowed on the walk which my husband was disappointed with. Some parts of the walk are quite steep so decent footwear required. The pub next door to The Sill did not allow 'walk ins' - you had to book in advance which was a bit disappointing.
Written July 10, 2021
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bowders07
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK15 contributions
Feb 2022
The Sill is in a great location and has interesting displays for families to learn about the area.
There is a shop selling local art and gifts.
The cafe has excellent views and a very basic menu and their closing time was a bit too early in my opinion. 3.15pm to stop serving hot food on a Saturday during half term with a 3.30pm closing time.
Written February 28, 2022
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Shark6716
Lincolnshire, UK73 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Our primary reason for visiting was the cafe. We had coffee and cake, which was delicious, the cafe was spotlessly clean and the staff were very polite but it was obvious they were rushed off their feet. We couldn't fault the cafe in any way, the toilets however left a lot to be desired. There was a good gift shop, parking is pay and display with ANPR, you can pay for parking online.
Written September 17, 2021
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Mark S
Carlisle, UK26 contributions
Aug 2020
Stopped here for convenience rather to specifically visit the Centre as we wanted to walk a bit along Hadrian's Wall to Sycamore Gap. It was a relatively quiet Sunday morning and we thought we would fuel up with a coffee and scone before we set off walking. Obviously there are currently COVID restrictions in place and the centre hasn't really got its act together in direction arrows for the one way system. We weren't the only ones who found ourselves going against the one-way arrows with nowhere else to turn.
The cafe is upstairs from the main entrance and even after some considerable thought I could not work out how you get there without going against the current one-way system. We ended up walking in through the exit and felt like two naughty school children with the way the young lad who was working there looked at us. He told us, in no uncertain terms, to wait to be seated even though we had already provided our details at the main entrance and there were only around 8 people in the cafe (it easily seats 20 plus). After a wait that was verging on too long, he told us to sit where we wanted anyway!
We ordered two coffees and when I asked what the 'pastries' were on the menu this same young male said 'there isn't any'. No apology or anything, just those words. We opted for the cheese scone instead. The service was relatively speedy, but the coffee's and scones were almost thrown on the table with zero communication. It didn't improve when we bit into the scone, quickly working out that they were either at least 3 days old or were terribly baked. They were dry and heavy with no amount of butter spread on them capable of saving them. To top it off it was over £11 for two coffees and two scones which I thought was a bit excessive.
We may have caught this place on a bad day (we all have them), but there's no harm in communicating with the customers in a friendly, welcoming way regardless of how your day is going, otherwise you're in the wrong job.
Not as enjoyable an experience as the architecture suggests.
Written August 17, 2020
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gilbert_sull
leeds63 contributions
Aug 2021
Popped in the for a drink at 410 pm to be told “We close at 430”…the grumpy staff reluctantly acknowledged that we could have a drink, rolling eyes etc. The drinks were overpriced and the hot chocolate lukewarm. I would advise avoiding.
Written August 12, 2021
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Stephen H
Doncaster, UK400 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
It’s hard to properly review The Sill in the current climate. However it is well positioned with a decent (pay) car park for the wall, and Vindolanda.
On our return we used the cafe, it’s certainly not cheap and they either need to use more filling in the sandwiches or a smaller piece of bread. If ours was typical you get a lot of (expensive) bread and not a lot of filling.
Later on we used the take away coffee facility which is attached to the shop. The coffee in the cafe was ok, the coffee downstairs wins my vote as the worst cup of coffee I have had in a long time- it was disgusting.
Written September 14, 2020
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Andrew G
Stanley, UK108 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
We called in today to kill a little spare time and were impressed with the exhibitions etc; and the cafe looks really nice, but at 3pm you couldn’t sit near the windows as it was closed for cleaning, you were limited to the 4 tables in front of the counter.
We ordered 4 scones and drinks, the scones arrived before the drinks did, and were very dry. Not a pleasant experience and at £27 for 2 coffees, 3 hot chocolates, 4 scones and bag of Pom bear crisps we felt over charged for poor quality food.

Car park was decent and you pay when you leave so no worries about how much you need to pay on arrival (15 mins free, then £2 for up to 2 hours)
Written January 5, 2020
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Rambler
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK482 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We’d heard of this new attraction just near Hadrians Wall. Having a drive around one Sunday, we called in.
If you’ve been to Rheged in Cumbria, this we be familiar - but smaller and with even less content.
There’s a cafe, shop, small gallery and pretty low tech uninspired exhibition that will bore any visitor over 10 years of age.
I just can’t see what this place is for. It doesn’t give much info about the geology or history of the area and is pretty uninspiring. (Although entry is free)
The car park is strangely expensive - considering you could’ve just parked at the side of the road for nothing.
If you’re coming to this area walking or as part of a tour along the wall, give it a miss and try the pub next door instead. Seems like another missed opportunity for Northumberland tourism.
We were in and out in about 25 min - 10min more than the free parking allowance. I wish we’d walked faster.
Written January 19, 2020
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BorgMalta
Mosta, Malta16 contributions
Oct 2021
Excellent friendly staff and a great place to stay with friends or family, I did not expect so much from a youth hostel! The rooms were modern, very clean and have all the plug/USB charging you will need, we also made use of the self-catering kitchen and could not ask for more, and the food supplied by the Sill was great value for money.

It is located at an ideal location with easy access to heritage sites nearby. A modern building with washing and drying rooms, plenty of parking spaces and if required local bus routes. I would strongly recommend The Sill for great value, it was peaceful, you don’t need anything else.
Written October 22, 2021
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Darrin H
Wymondham, UK146 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
The sill is a must visit, easy parking reasonably cheap and has loads of information about the surrounding area. There are usually loads of things going on a good base for walks along the wall, nice cafe and you can pick up the AD122 bus which tours the walls car parks and Haltwhistle. Also right next door is the Twice Brewed Pub and brewery also worth a visit for a super pint and pub grub with a happy face.
Written July 17, 2021
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