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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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Wrightwood, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

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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Kendal, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Honister have done a good job of extending their activities, and we found the via ferrata extreme to be well operated by friendly and competent instructors, who set a good balance between safety and fun.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

we book for the whole day tour and I wasn't sure the mine would be any good but I'm glad we done it nice casual stroll in side lighthearted talk about how things started by just one man after it had been closed for years, and don't moan about the gift shop it's a slate mine not Disney land. The... More

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

It is a place to be visited and it will surely give you a different experience. We took a mine tour and it was nice. The host was brilliant and friendly. The views from top of the mine was amazing!.

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Kinross, Scotland, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Not to be missed. A great place to spend a day whether enjoying the mine tours or the exciting Via Ferratas. Also an excellent opportunity to buy the beautiful green Honister slate.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Don't just do the lakes go and visit the mine and take the tour it is well worth it and the views are breath-taking!

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Tonbridge, UK
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We recently did the via Ferrata classic and it was great fun - my wife and I enjoy walking in the lakes so thought we'd try this and would definitely recommend. The weather was perfect which helped, but it was well organised, our guide Hayley was friendly and everyone was well looked after. The climbs were quite challenging for people... More

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