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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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“via ferrata” (164 reviews)
“mark weir” (23 reviews)
“kimberly tour” (13 reviews)
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Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN, England
+44 17687 77230
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely day out while staying in Keswick, beautiful area of natural beauty thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with friends to the slate mine to experience the via ferrata. This event was good fun, well managed and safe. The guide was very experienced and an extremely friendly chap. A fine specimen of a Lakeland gentleman. I would recommend taking children and friends...More

2  Thank RobMessenger1
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing day out. The staff were fantastic. Adam our guide on the via ferrarta was extremely patient and encouraging. Also very knowledgeable about the area. The weather was amazing, cloudy at times but stunning views. And we even managed a few snow balls. I...More

1  Thank Juliette P
Reviewed 10 December 2017

We went to the slate mine after seeing it on television. There were two experiences: classic and extreme. We're not stupid and chose classic. They said you have to be fit and healthy. I am fit and healthy but could not manage the classic route,...More

2  Thank LondonbabyNwUk
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Visited on 21/11/17 on a day where the weather was terrible! Firstly, what an amazing viewpoint this would be on a nice day! As it was quiet we had our own private tour with Donald. He was a lovely man and made the tour come...More

1  Thank Becky B
Reviewed 21 November 2017 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.

1  Thank Graham W
Reviewed 19 November 2017

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.

1  Thank Scepticalbastar... S
Reviewed 17 November 2017 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

1  Thank bumblepudding1
Reviewed 13 November 2017

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

1  Thank crusey12017
Reviewed 12 November 2017

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

1  Thank _mickgeorgia
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Megan G
19 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
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