Northumberland discovery centre to open in summer

The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre – a £14.2 million attraction in Northumberland – will open this summer.

Northumberland National Park and partners have developed the project which is designed to provide a gateway to the National Park.

There is also a new Youth Hostel, education rooms, a cafe and a viewing platform giving 360 degree views of the landscape, on the edge of Hadrian’s Wall.

It aims to give groups with accessibility issues a base from which to relax, learn about the park and take in the scenery.

Visitors can explore the landscapes, history, culture and heritage of Northumberland and the wider north east.

It will also offer learning and research activities and become a leading education facility for landscape, conservation, countryside management, leisure, and tourism skills.

The Sill will host a Rural Growth Hub to support 20 rural enterprises and opportunities for local businesses.

It has been built on the site of a previous visitor centre and YHA hostel, next to the Unesco World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall.

There will be a year-round programme of events and activities across the whole of the National Park linked to The Sill.