Northumberland National Park to reopen The Sill

The Sill and all other visitor facilities in Northumberland National Park shut on March 20th as the country went into lockdown following the COVID-19 outbreak. The Park has been gradually reopening facilities, and last week opened a kiosk takeaway service at Walltown Country Park. This weekend will see the start to a gradual reopening of The Sill National Landscape Discovery centre on Hadrian’s Wall.

There will be a one-way system through the award-winning building, giving visitors the option to visit some areas of The Sill including toilet facilities and the gift shop. There will also be a kiosk providing refreshments and additional picnic tables are being added to the outdoor area. The Sill’s accessible rooftop walk will also be open so visitors can enjoy views of Hadrian’s Wall and the Northumbrian landscape.

Numbers will be limited in the building and on the roof in order to maintain safe operations for both visitors and staff. Staff and volunteers will be present to advise on the new safety measures inside and provide recommendations and advice on walks in the area for anyone coming to visit Hadrian’s Wall and the National Park.

Tony Gates, CEO of Northumberland National Park says: “We are very pleased to be taking the first steps to reopen The Sill on Friday. We have undertaken a full safety and risk assessment and have ensured that all government guidance will be followed, whilst offering the best possible experience to visitors to Northumberland National Park. However public safety remains the top priority as Coronavirus is still prevalent. We must remain alert and control the virus above all else.

“We have seen in the last three months how important nature, the outdoors and exercise is for physical and mental wellbeing and we will continue to help people access Northumberland National Park and enjoy our unique qualities, wildlife and landscapes.”

The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre will be open from 9am-4pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and the National Park will review the wider COVID-19 situation, whilst continuing to follow government guidelines.