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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 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tackled the via Ferrata with our family group, age ranges from 15 to a young 83. After completing relevant paper work you meet you guide, we had the brilliant Johnny who helped all of us get geared up before jumping on the old bus to...More

Thank Beergander
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting underground experience, but not suitable for infirm or folk with limited mobility. Helmets+lights are provided and a degree of stooping will be required by tall Visitors. Some narrow steps down are involved, but sound hand rails are provided. Our Guide 'Torri' was knowledgeable, and...More

Thank Tony D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At about 1000 feet. Fantastic views. Slate everywhere, with some imaginative carvings, lots for sale. Well worth a visit and browse. Road up and down the other side has some excellent views too.

Thank Stilton54
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I friend and I recently completed the Via Ferrata Extreme at Honister and had an extremely good experience in the hands of Ken, our guide for the day. This is a great day out for the more adventurous in an extremely professional well run atmosphere.

Thank Martin T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great day out when weather is miserable, the worst you have to face is running from muddy car park into steamy shop/café, but head on through for a mine tour, informative and nice gift shop. See the machines cutting through slate like butter, good rainy...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a great tour down the last working slate mine in the UK, arrived I was greeted by our Tour guide Rowland or Rollie how he likes to be know. Watched a short dvd on an introduction to the mine then it was helmets on...More

Thank Balf22
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came across the Slate Mine whilst driving around. We were just going to stop for a cup of tea and to use the toilet facilities but my husband booked us on to a visit down the mine. It's a good job we had jackets with...More

Thank Lindsey J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here on our way back to Keswick from Buttermere. It was a lovely drive along the Honister pass, not a difficult drive after going through Kirkstone pass on the way to Aira Force the day before. We stopped here for the gift shop...More

Thank Kim025Singapore
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Agaun i visited her when i was youbger with my brother and parents. It was great fun and loved going in the mines with the tour guide with ny own helmet and torch!!

Thank emmahunt2015
Reviewed 21 June 2017

We did the underground mine tour. It was very interesting to learn about the work and lives of the people who once worked in that area while walking through the place where they worked. It was a little chilly underground, but the experienced and friendly...More

Thank kitzykatzy
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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