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Honister Slate Mine

Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN, England
017687 77230
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Ranked #7 of 27 attractions in Keswick
Type: Mines
Description: 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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Bergen, Norway
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34 reviews 34 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Did the Via Ferreta Extreme, WOW, what an experience. Truly heart in the mouth stuff hanging on ladders and wires on the side of a mountain. Always felt safe and looked after while having enough freedom to take on the mountain at my own pace. The only negative was the high price if the photo CD - £15 for a... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The drive from Keswick along the Honister Pass stunning. The walk around Buttermere water encouraging, great for family's.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Nothing else needs to be said - the Via Ferrata Xtreme is worth every penny if you have an adventurous side!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Today I went to Honister Slate Mine to do 'Via Ferrata' It was very good and challenged your strengths. We only did the classic/original but with us living local we will be visiting again soon to do the extreme. Very easy to find as long as you can get to honisster path. Our guide was very friendly and encouraged you.... More

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Passionate and very informed staff/family involvement ensures you get a great experience. The trip into the mine was exciting and increases our respect for those miners from past times who worked in very arduous conditions. This business deserves to prosper and is well worth a visit.

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Island of Anglesey, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Booked an all day pass for my wife and I as a birthday present. Went on the Via Ferrata Classic. Our guide was excellent with the right amount of control and humour. Also he was very encouraging to some of us less confidant at height. The views and experience were spectacular. We saw the Via Ferrata Extreme........ not sure I... More

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Stanford le Hope, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The whole story of how Mark Weir bought and run this slate mine before his tragic death in a helicopter accident was a total inspiration to me and my wife. A tour down the mine is a must as Roland gave us a major insight into his friend and boss. If you have any doubts about what I say just... More

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Banff
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Visited Honister twice last week - both times stopping for a snack and a proper mug of tea..no stupid cups just a big china mug… Great fresh food and an amazing location..

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Cleveland England
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13 reviews 13 reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Really enjoyed this despite being panicky about being under ground. This was a few years ago and we were guided by the owner who sadly is no longer with us so don't know what it is like now.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We booked onto a combined slate mine tour and the via ferrata extreme. The mine tour taken by roland was engaging and interesting. Rolands knowledge of the mine and the history surrounding it was amazing. He added charm and charisma to this tour which made it thoroughly enjoyable. After the mine tour we then went on to do the Via... More

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