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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 4 April 2017

Not been there for years when it was derelict. Great to see the beginning of a route to the mountains busy and buzzing. Activities, cafe slate mine re-opened and great modern clean facilities. Great customer focus. Almost worth the Honister Pass drive

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Excellent cover is provided by the canopy outside the cafe area. Enough room for many riders and bikes to shelter from a shower/downpour. Staff also offered helpful advice on the descent of Honister Pass into Buttermere

Thank Flash E
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Looking for something to do on a wet day we decided on Honister - unsure what to really expect we absolutely loved it Great tour and an excellent way to spend 2-3 hours! Shame the weather was so bad that we could appreciate the views...More

Thank Jo g
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We called on spec on a Tuesday and selected a "mono' from Honister's extensive mono collection . All shapes and sizes are available. They said it would be drilled and ready for us on the Wednesday,and it was.!! On both days, the weather was utterly...More

Thank roy W
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

I wish I had had more time to spend here as the views are incredible. Look up the mountain or look down the valley and you would need to have a heart of stone not to be awed by its savage beauty. Stop for a...More

Thank Peter M
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Came to the mine tour due to the terrible weather, but really enjoyed ourselves. Donald the guide was very knowledgeable, and great at getting children to interact. We don't have children, so this wasn't important to us, but I'm guessing the parents thoroughly appreciated it....More

Thank Emmyem08
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Excellent morning out doing the via Ferrara extreme course, this is not for the faint hearted and you do need a significant degree of fitness to complete the course. The views are absolutely stunning and i felt safe the whole way round. The climbing course...More

Thank Caroline G
Reviewed 19 March 2017

A rather wet, bleak day to visit but the mine tour was very interesting with a guide who was knowledgeable and passionate about the mine and the life of the miners who toiled there in the past.

Thank Susan G
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Works your body out to the extreme. Very safe and fun activity but you need to have a level of fitness to participate. The instructor was very knowledgeable and pushed you to achieve your best. Would definitely recommend.

Thank Angela M
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Visited with my Mum. We had drinks and a snack. Good choice on the menu. Tasty food and all served with a smile by helpful staff. Comfortable seating and interesting decor with lots of slate.

Thank Thriftphoto
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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