The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre

Bardon Mill, Hexham, NE47 7AN, North East

Location description

Newly renovated in 2017 with nearly £15m of investment this premier visitor centre gives easy access to Hadrians Wall and Sycamore Gap by day and the amazing dark skies above Northumberland at night.  The Youth Hostel offers ideal accommodation for overnight stargazers.  A favoured location for the Go Stargazing team who regularly organise stargazing events here.


Location event organiser

Go Stargazing organises stargazing events at this location.


Dark sky discovery site

Designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site this location is accessible by members of the public and are officially recognised as excellent places to stargaze. Such locations often have free overnight car parking, some have toilet facilities however rarely allow overnight camping.


Stay & gaze

This location benefits from dark skies, relatively low levels of light pollution, is astronomy friendly and suitable for stargazing breaks.


Tonight's weather forecast

12/11
18:00
6%
12/11
21:00
5%
13/11
00:00
5%
13/11
03:00
18%
13/11
06:00
-1°
18%
Weather forecast for Once Brewed Youth Hostel (0.35 miles away) updated 12/11/19 at 18:01.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a dark site setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

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Semi-rural
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Dark site
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre

This location's dark site setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Forthcoming events at this location

Go Stargazing at The Sill Landscape Discovery Centre

Saturday 23rd November 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Go Stargazing at The Sill Landscape Discovery Centre

Saturday 25th January 2020 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Go Stargazing at The Sill Landscape Discovery Centre

Saturday 22nd February 2020 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Location

When to visit

The best time to visit The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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