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Honister Slate Mine

Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN, England
+44 17687 77230
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Private Tour: Lake District Day Trip from Windermere
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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 6 days ago

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

Thank LondonbabyNwUk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Becky B
Reviewed 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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.

1  Thank Scepticalbastar... S
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 7 November 2017

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

1  Thank Peter K
Reviewed 6 November 2017

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

1  Thank Kathryn D
Reviewed 6 November 2017

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
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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