About YHA The Sill at Hadrian's Wall
Number of beds: 86 Classroom(s) Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
The Sill Landscape Discovery Centre
Explore Northumberland’s fascinating history from our brand-new state-of-the-art location – YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall. The Sill is an exciting £14.8 million initiative of international importance, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The hostel itself is an 86-bed hostel with 26 rooms split across 2 floors, with all accommodation and rooms only accessible using a secure Salto key card system. The hostel is adjoined by The Sill a landscape discovery centre which features fantastic interactive exhibitions focusing on the unique landscape and managed by our partners The Northumberland National Park.
The hostel itself, sits just a stone’s throw from Hadrian’s Wall, making it the perfect location for history buffs, school groups and those looking to engage with this rare landscape. We work alongside the Northumberland National Park and the Vindolanda Charitable Trust to provide bolt-on activities to school groups helping them to make the most of their stay.
For school groups staying at the hostel, both the Roman Army Museum and the awe-inspiring Vindolanda can be booked directly through YHA. As well as entrance to both attractions, schools staying at the hostel can also make use of an exclusive self-led activity box, full of real Roman artefacts and activity guides, created for YHA by the Vindolanda Charitable Trust – perfect for an evening activity, all available for just £6 per pupil.
Alongside ‘The Roman – Bolt-on’ we are also able to offer two Northumberland National Park hosted talks. The ‘This is Your Landscape’ and ‘The Sill building tour’ talks last 30 minutes and make an ideal introduction to the location and the perfect way to start a residential experience.
If you wish to add any of these activities to either a new or existing YHA booking then please get in touch with our Contact Centre team.
In addition to the activities listed above the Northumberland National Park also offer a range of workshops designed for Primary and Secondary school students. Please find a link to further information about these activities here. Bookings for NNPA Workshops should be made directly to the Northumberland National Park via there online enquiry form.
For social and recreational groups YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall is great for walking, cycling and is perfectly set to allow for the exploration of the National Park. The Northumberland National Park updates their website regularly with local events here.
Following a day of activities relax in our contemporary social areas, enjoy a tasty group meal from our stylish café or sit back with a drink and absorb the epic scenery!
Finally new for 2019 Schools, groups and individuals can hire our new Dark Skies self-led activity box to make the most of the night sky.
- Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
- Drying room
- Wheelchair accessible
- En-suite rooms available
- Ambulant accessible
- Board games
- Computer access
- Cycle hire
- Cycle store
- Luggage store
- On-site shop
- Dining room
- Licensed bar
- Meals available
- Self-catering kitchen
- Car parking
- Coach parking
- Minibus parking
- Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
Excellent value food options are also available for lunch and dinner at this hostel.
Contact us for our full list of rates and pricing options
Overall this was a brilliant experience for our children who were able to stay safely in comfort in what must be the best place to learn about The Romans in Britain. With Vindolanda on the doorstep and the ability to simply walk out of the door and onto the most iconic section of Hadrian's Wall, it's all about location. YHA staff were brilliant at every stage...I have already booked for next year.
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Optional Bolt-on activities at YHA The Sill at Hadrian's Wall
Perfect for groups looking to fill free time, our bolt-on activities can easily be added on to your YHA stay. Available as half-day and full-day options, we offer an exciting range of activities that are designed to entertain and engage pupils of all ages and abilities.
Northumberland National Park bolt-on
Two introductory talks created to introduce your students to the awe-inspiring landscape and state of the art building. Each talk lasts 30 minutes and can cater for up to 60 young people. This is your landscape - 1100km of paths… 424 scheduled ancient monuments…. endangered species… unique plants… How much do you know about Northumberland?
What is a National Park? Why are they, and Northumberland in particular, so special? In this interactive talk, pupils will get the chance to find out about the unique qualities of Northumberland National Park, and discover how and why we protect the area.
This is a great introduction to the possibilities for outdoor learning in the area – habitats, geology, history, culture, and more – and a chance to discover more about the amazing local landscape.
The Sill building tour – A 30 minute guided tour of this state of the art eco building including a trip up on to the grass roof with stunning views over to the Sill.
Vindolanda Attractions Bolt on
Booking your tickets through YHA’s Vindolanda attractions bolt on provides access to both the Roman Army Museum and to Roman Vindolanda for the same price as booking directly with Vindolanda. In addition to the attraction entrance, the school will also have access to a self-led teacher resource box full of Roman artefacts and teaching ideas.
Please note that transport is required between the hostel and the attractions and that most schools/groups visiting the attractions will make use of their own transport as a stop off either on the day of arrival or departure.
Dark Skies Self-led Activity box
A self-led box containing all the equipment needed to help you any pupils to explore and discover the night sky – which can be hired out to your group
- High Spec stargazing binoculars
- Simple to use Monocular scope
- Planispheres (constellation map)
- Make your own Planisphere templates
- Red light torch (to protect your night vision)
- Constellation umbrella
- Tarpaulins (lay back and take in the awe and wonder of the night sky)
- Constellation flashcards and other teaching aids.
- Bird identification books (in case you want to use the box in the day as well as night time)
Activities for outdoor adventurers
Packed with opportunities to try almost every outdoor activity you can think of, this bolt-on option is great for outdoor adventurers and adrenaline lovers.
- Raft Building