YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall

Military Road, Bardon Mill, Northumberland NE47 7AN


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.

Why Groups love YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall

The Sill Landscape Discovery Centre

"Excellent" 94%

Customer satisfaction based on 26 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 86

Learning Outside the Classroom

YHA is at the top of the class for educational visits. We have been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Award at 74 of our youth hostels across England and Wales.

Find out more about Learning Outside the Classroom.

LOtC Awarded

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Packages available at YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall

YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall

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.


  • Habitats

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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

Contents include:

  • 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)

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Adventure bolt-on

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.


  • Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Raft building

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YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall does not currently offer bolt-ons.

Personal service

Smaller venues offering a personable service.

Self-led options

Amazing bases for self-led options

Organised packages

Organised residential packages available 

Flexible approach

Totally flexible approach to your residential


A genuine sense of place and location

Experiential learning

Experiential learning opportunities

LOtC accredited sites

70+ LOtC accredited sites

Teachers participation

Teachers encouraged to participate in all activities, helping to enhance teacher-pupil relations



  • Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Computer access
  • Cycle hire
  • Cycle store
  • Games room
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store
  • On-site shop


  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Minibus parking

Food & drink:

  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Teaching facilities:

  • Classroom(s)
  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire

How to get here

Military Road, Bardon Mill, Northumberland NE47 7AN

The nearest rail station is at Haltwhistle (approximately 8 miles away).

The nearest bus stop is located within the car park of The Sill / Hostel grounds (runs
April-September only). Please search AD122 Northumberland Bus for more information.

Taxis can be caught from the railway station, although they are not accessible.
Accessible taxis can be booked in advance.

The approach to the hostel is on a level, paved area straight into the hostel entrance.
For day time access the entrance will be through double automatic doors into the
National Park Discovery Centre. After hours, the hostel entrance is through a single pull
door. Access is gained through an intercom system and assistance with the door can
be provided by the member of staff at reception. Please note, there is a gate before
reaching the night access door.

OS Map: 86
OS Grid Ref: NY752668
Latitude: 54.996081
Longitude: -2.388306
YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall