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Honister Slate Mine

Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN, England
017687 77230
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Ranked #7 of 30 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!!
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Tonbridge, UK
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

My wife and I did the via Ferrata classic in late August and it was really interesting and fun - definitely recommend to active people who love the lakes and want to try something a bit different. The weather was great, which I am sure helps - the views from the top of Fleetwith Pike were amazing - all out... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

A great adventure! The only Via Ferrata in the UK, a fabulous way to get the feeling of climbing high on cliff faces while being securely clipped in and having iron ladders and rungs to help you traverse the cliff, plus a rope bridge and cargo net! The instructor was brilliant, funny, encouraging but lighthearted to keep you calm and... More

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Workington, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Worthy of many a visit for the interest, scenery, history and innovation. Long may it continue to be developed for the pleasure of all.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Have been visited the Slate Mine many many times over the yrs and it just gets better. My family and I love it . Its a brilliant place to go and very interesting. The mine tour is a must , the view is spectacular. If I lived in the Lakes I would definitely be looking to getting involved . its... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We were taking a morning amble around one of the scenic drives and came across the attraction signing virtually non existent When you do the tour and you here of the campaign to reopen the mine perhaps someone at the Council highways didn't like the new owners! You have to be into mining to enjoy the visit and access to... More

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Banchory, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Once you get past the very rude staff member who seems to hate booking people in, then you are greeted with a friendly guide who talks you through everything you need to know. We did the climb the mine which started off a lot harder than we thought it might be, but we made it and it was a good... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I enjoyed the Slate Mine Tour, and I was short enough not to bump my head! I thought the tour guide was quite informative, but the tour felt very emotive and personal, and at some points I did feel uncomfortable (as the tour was led by the mother of Mark who saved the Mine from abandon, but who sadly passed... More

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Folkestone, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We arrived at Honister slate mine on an overcast day, with low lying clouds and drizzle. Luckily we booked the mine tour which is inside, LOL. Roland was our tour guide and he was brilliant, getting everyone involved and making it fun for the kids that were there. He gave a heartfelt talk about Mark weir and the work Mark... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Poor weather admit a depressing place. Good lesson in history. Nice cup of tea Didnt do the whole mine trip. The gift shop was rather expensive

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

On a rather changeable afternoon in August we decided the safest bet would be to visit the Honister Slate Mine. Quite a few other people did as well though so the tour was quite busy. The tour was split into two groups - one for the Honister tour which was a bit more adventurous and the Kimberley tour which we... More

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