Issue 13, YHA News

Royal residence

Prince Charles makes a visit to YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall

Heard the one about the English hostel, the Roman frontier and the Prince of Wales? To mark the occasion of its first anniversary in September, YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall welcomed a high-profile visitor in the form of HRH Prince Charles. The royal heir was given a tour of The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, the ambitious £8.7m learning hub of which our state-of-the-art hostel forms a major part. The attraction has enjoyed significant success over its first twelve months, with more than 170,000 visitors drawn to its, ahem, princely location in Northumberland National Park. His Royal Highness is well known for his interest in nature and the environment, so would surely have been impressed by both the deep views and the landscape-focused exhibition spaces. Did he also book ahead at the 86-bed hostel, making the most of the fact that it opens on selected dates across the entire winter period? Buckingham Palace was unavailable for comment.

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