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Honister Slate Mine

Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN, England
+44 17687 77230
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Honister Slate Mine is a unique award winning experience, England's last remaining working slate mine and England's very first Via Ferrata!!
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN, England
+44 17687 77230
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

This mine has a nice back story albeit with a tragedy too. The shop is worth a visit - everything is lovely to look at and and there's always something that catches the eye. It's nice to see through to the work shop, watch the...More

Thank Maccs P
Reviewed 7 September 2016

My husband and his motorcycle mates visited Honister Slate Mine last year and enjoyed it so much he wanted to take me there when we visited the Lakes this year. Our guide Donald was excellent - very knowledgeable and amusing. The mine tour was great...More

Thank deniserae2013
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is quite the interesting place. The only functioning slate mine in existence. Way off the beaten track but on the Newlandss Valley loop. There is a large gift shop and you can observe workers making objects for sale. They also have a cafe, which...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Had a truly wonderful tour of Honister Slate Mine today. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and not only made the tour interesting but educational and funny as well. You are first shown a health and safety video and supplied with a hard hat with...More

Thank Lindyloupond
Reviewed 5 September 2016

A couple of us did the Via Ferrata Extreme and it was fantastic. After safety briefing and bus up to the start, you start with a training section which is mostly staples in the rock for hands and feet. You're always attached to a safety...More

Thank AndrewJ25
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We visited today and went on the tour of the mines. Our guide for the day, Donald, was personable and knowledgable and led us into the workings of the slate mine with a background and history to the Lake District and the mining it generated....More

Thank MarkMYorkshire
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We went when the weather was pretty awful, low clouds and rain meant bad visibility but it didn't take away from the Via Ferrata experience, it anything it made it feel more extreme! The guides we had were laid back & funny and the route...More

Thank HaynesyK
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Managed to get myself on the Friday morning Via Ferrata which was an excellence experience. Only 8 of us in the group, expertly guided by Tom made for a quick ascent via the Iron Route up the mountain. After briefing was great and Tom put...More

Thank Trigger2007
Reviewed 2 September 2016

Ever since we have been visiting the Lakes, we have always popped into the Slate Mine. Friendly people, really interesting tour and great café and slate shop.... not forgetting the fabulous views and the drive up there. Certainly worth a visit if you are in...More

Thank Mark J
Reviewed 2 September 2016

The Classic Via Ferrata is a great way to see the beautiful scenery of the Honister Pass and beyond! I have to say there were moments when I was feeling real fear but that was replaced by a great sense of achievement on completing the...More

Thank droopyloo
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Lucy E
28 December 2016|
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Response from tiger1998 | Property representative |
Yes we have the Kimberley Mine tour that runs daily. It's mainly on the level and is a fairly flat surface. It goes approximately 200m inside the mine. It will involve stooping downwards slightly for approximately 40m. I... More
19 December 2016|
Response from tiger1998 | Property representative |
The guide that takes you an the Via Ferrata takes lots of photos of you and others on the route. When you get down from the activity you'll have the chance to look at all the photos on a slide show at the main desk. You'll... More
Lital B
19 August 2016|
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Response from Elvira I | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they would be able to do the via ferrata, if I recall correctly it was min in age 10. For the mines better call and ask. However the area is very beautiful and there are beautiful walks in the area from the... More