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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

A slate mine is an interesting place and we enjoyed learning about what goes on here. So much so that we decided to buy a house name sign.....or almost. To cut a long story short, the £162 for a 24 inch sign with 10 letters...More

Thank AVoiceofExperience
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Climb the mine is a climbing experience inside Hoisters mines, in the (nearly) dark. What a cracking experience - quite challenging with a decent level of fitness required (but the young teenagers in front managed fine so why couldn't I??) and a sense of adventure....More

Thank GemmyBear
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A visit any day here is interesting. In our case the weather turned and instead of a walk we booked a tour here. We all really enjoyed it. “Uncle Donald” was superb with the younger children. He made the tour for us as well. Definitely...More

Thank Tolroy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took on the via ferrata extreme which was a bold move considering we're not keen on heights! That said we had a good time and enjoyed the challenging experience. Overall it was well done with friendly instructors who made you feel safe and kept everything...More

Thank Nomad2k17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked this a few months ahead and had been hinting to the kids about an “extreme” activity during the holiday without giving too much away! Well, the Via Ferrata was a bit more Extreme than I expected but what an experience!! It’s terrifying and fulfilling,...More

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to do the above for ages, finally managed it! What an experience. Tom, the guide was brilliant, really knew his stuff! the Burma bridge got the nerves jangling. Honister as always didn’t disappoint!

Thank Lee H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with my son Josh (13) had a Great guide called Tom! Lots of challenges on the way up the mountain and fantastic views from the top, thanks to the weather we could even see Scotland Highly recommended

Thank Simon K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Honister Slate Mine is well worth a visit whether on a wet or sunny day. Located at the top of the Honister Pass you can soon sense how tough the men who worked the mine were, especially when it is wet and windy. The...More

Thank garethval0593
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This slate mine is simply awesome. My 10 year old loved it. Our guild (on the easy tour) was lovely with a great sense of humour and had a fantastic rapport with the kids. It's a bit wet and chilly but it is a mine......More

Thank Gavin L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The mine tour is extremely interesting. A great place to go for all the family to get a feel for the real work & history of the Lakes.

Thank Ian J
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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