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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!!
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN, England
+44 17687 77230
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great value via ferrata route inside the old slate workings. Ideal for a wet day, but well worth the money whatever the weather. Very friendly and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended.

Thank Graham W
Reviewed 5 days ago

A handy place to stop at the summit of an impressive mountain pass. Car parking, cafe refreshments, a souvenir shop, mine visits and other tourist attracts. Access to the high fells, good starting point for a walk to Great Gable. Worth stopping.

Thank Scepticalbastar... S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Oh wow...I bought this experience for my husband's birthday. We were both looking forward to it but a little nervous. The staff were so knowledgeable and friendly it helped put us at ease. Although it was not for the faint hearted we both absolutely loved...More

Thank bumblepudding1
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this establishment back in June when we were camping in the area. It was a very nice afternoon and we went for the tour in the mine. A word of warning, the mine can feel a little claustrophobic in places, and if your...More

Thank crusey12017
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a Cumbrian who knew the founder Mark Weir I am very proud of Honister, over six years after Mark's death his legacy lives on thanks to the hard work of his beautiful family and dedicated team of workers. They give a warm Cumbrian welcome...More

Thank _mickgeorgia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the Via Ferrata back in January with Ken, while there was snow on the ground. Had a great time, Ken is a really good guide. Taking time to explain everything. Great experience, even when it is sub zero, but you do need a...More

Thank Peter K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having walked Scafell Pike the day before, we probably could have picked a more relaxing and less testing challenge for our next adventure...but where's the fun in that? We picked the 3pm climb and arrived to find the side of the mine where you climb...More

Thank Kathryn D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here for a snack whilst exploring the lake district. An interesting place with a very welcome cafe. As an attraction it may not be to everybody's taste, but I found it to be worth my visit.

Thank Brian C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did the Via Ferrata Classic and although it was quite exhilarating during the actual climb around the short set route, the actual fun climbing part lasted less than half an hour (and it was only this long because someone froze in the group and...More

Thank Shaun S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I completed the Via Ferrata Extreme and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our instructor, Shaun, was brilliant! We felt completely safe through his guidance and instruction, but he also made it relaxed and fun, and took some great photos. A challenging but exciting way...More

Thank LJudyG
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Megan G
18 October 2017|
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Response from clapperton90 | Reviewed this property |
Hey sorry for the late reply! Just google them for your times ect and defiantly book! I would say no to doing it pregnant to be honest but obviously entirely up to yourself. Enjoy anyway
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
18 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