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Honister Slate Mine

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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!!
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Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN, England
+44 17687 77230
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 February 2010

I had the great fortune to go to Honister slate mine on the same day as the gentleman reviewer below and felt compelled to write about the absolutely fantastic time I had. I went the same time (early February) last year and was lucky enough...More

6  Thank Edinburgh2010
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 February 2010

I booked 6 people on this trip for last weekend. Couldn't get up to Slate mine from Buttermere valley as road was closed with snow. Rang and asked to re-book for another weekend and was told to drive round to Keswick. So we drove to...More

18  Thank Steady137
tiger1998, Owner at Honister Slate Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2010

Via Ferrata is an outdoor activity. As such a great way to experience the mountains safely. The party in question booked origanally for 22nd of November 2009 but the floods came and they were asked to rebook. 21st of February 2010 came as the agreed...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a shame that this beautiful area of the world is occupied by a site with apathetic people. I don't know if it's due to accrued boredom, or impatience with new people visiting the area with no experience of climbing/hiking/being outdoors, but I found the...More

Thank EricJohnson86
Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked to do the Via Ferrata Xtreme on Saturday October 20th for a birthday treat with my son and a friend. My son and I did the Via Ferrata last year and had a wonderful time so we were really excited. As was my friend...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience- especially for those like me who can’t do the via ferrata! Really enjoyed this. Great guide (Scott).

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Picked the slate mine to do having seen it listed as something to do when it's raining in the lakes. A wonderful way to spend a couple of hours sheltering underground oblivious to the weather outside! The drive up to the mine is fine, a...More

Thank lc0076
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perched on top of a high fell Honister is well worth a visit. A lot of history here, some interesting detail of the mine's existence and the hard life and work of the miners. It is a great place to park if you're starting a...More

Thank MWHE
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great time doing the mine tour. It was really interesting and informative, and our guide happily answered all our questions. There was a lot of information on the history of the mine, both from when it was started and it's more modern...More

Thank Earl N
honisterdotcom, Manager at Honister Slate Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the review Earl! Hope to see you again in the future.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

They have a nice gift shop and an ambitious outdoor adventure program for outdoors types—-other than that, it is somewhat limited for the casual visitor.

Thank jfadds
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did both the Climb the Mine and Via Ferreta Extreme. Steve was a brilliant instructor and showed us loads of interesting things in the mine. The mine climb was very cool and creepy! Then we did Via Ferreta which was just insane! Such big...More

Thank rachellinapancakes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a wet day and so we went and visited the mine. The guide was knowledgeable and interesting. The pace between sections was good with time to check out the rock all around. The use of audio narrative is really good and the kids...More

Thank Jemma W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited this on a very wet day and were to late for a tour of the mine but the shop and cafe made up for this The views down Honister pass are amazing, Well worth a visit.

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15 July 2018|
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Response from Shallwegothere | Reviewed this property |
I don't know, I booked online to ensure a place for a specific date.
Bernadette H
31 March 2018|
Response from Alex W | Reviewed this property |
Yea but obviously not on the tours or climbs.
Bernadette H
31 March 2018|
Response from BORN-READY |
Yes , but only around the car park areas and in the cafe but not into the mines obviously.