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Honister Slate Mine

Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN, England
017687 77230
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Ranked #6 of 33 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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London
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

If you're in the area, do pay a visit to the Honister Slate Mine. We enjoyed a really interesting mine tour and a drink in the cafe. For the adventurous there are climbs, a via ferrata and a scary rope bridge. Through the vision of Mark Weir (sadly deceased) a defunct slate mine was reopened and is now a thriving... More

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Bedlington, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

My boyfriend and I booked to do the Via Ferrata Extreme course on a Saturday morning. We arrive for 8:30am to make sure we had enough time to get ready with our guides who showed us how to wear our harnesses and explained how to use the equipment so we were safe whilst doing the course. Once all ready and... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I did the original (now the Classic) when it first opened and expected the new Extreme to be a bit more challenging. I'm not a great lover of heights, but have overcome my fear over the years and went for the Extreme, knowing the rope bridge was there. I hadn't realised just how many other bits there were though to... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Via Ferrata extreme is what we've needed in the UK for ages. Reasonable price well looked after by the guide Steve but the activity is spot on. Just enough to tax you mentally and physically, not for the feint hearted, unfit and definitely not for anyone scared of heights. We're quite active and enjoy white water rafting and canyoning when... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Took part in the Via Ferrata Extreme thanks to an impromptu booking on my boyfriend's part! I have to say, despite being absolutely petrified, I enjoyed the experience immensely! Our guide, Will, was friendly and experienced which I think helped ease everyone's nerves. I was also dreading the obligatory lengthy safety talk beforehand, however the briefing was short, informative, and... More

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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Very informative and interesting tour of the mine, our guide was very entertaining. I wasn't keen on the bus ride up and down, or the exit from the mine, as I have no head for heights, but it was still a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Recommended. And the shop is worth a visit, even if you don't go on the mine... More

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Scotland
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92 reviews 92 reviews
22 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Got a bit lost, not uncommon when we are touring, and stumled across this facility. Situated at a pass between the hills and provided parking to walk to the nearby summits, at a reasonable cost. The facility provided a good pictorial history and we found it interesting, there is also an observation area that is available to watch slate being... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We've been before so knew what to expect, but took a visitor this time. The mine is (surprisingly?) interesting to visit and perfect for a wet day, as it's the same inside the fell all year round. The drive to the mine, from either direction is stunning (it's at the top of Honister Pass) Staff are friendly. The café is... More

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Lomdon
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Wife and I done the via ferrata and the mine tour. What a fabulous day. The via ferrata was like an extreme version of Go Ape and was definitely adrelanin pumping and loads of fun. The mine tour though obviously not adrelanin pumping was very interesting. A great day out and definitely worth doing

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Wrightwood, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We visited in July 2014 with our daughter and my parents. The tour and history of the mine was really interesting and the tour guide was entertaining and enthusiastic. There is also a gift shop with some really unique slate gifts, some food available, and a ropes course!

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