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Honister Slate Mine

Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN, England
+44 17687 77230
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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!!
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN, England
+44 17687 77230
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Reviewed April 16, 2017

Stunning feats of engineering! Not too much ducking mostly in large cavernous spaces, well lit so no need to be worried if afraid of dark spaces, didn't feel enclosed at all. It was very cold I would advise to wear layers and gloves. Lovely tour...More

Thank LinDo368
Reviewed April 15, 2017

I would recommend Via Ferrara extreme to anyone, but book it through another company. We arrived for the 9.00am session and the weather was 'atmospheric' to say the least. My girlfriend was quite worried about the high wind and I politely enquired at reception if...More

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Reviewed April 14, 2017

Amazing experience! The whole family and the kids enjoyed and learned a lot too! Highly recommend if you are in Lake District!

Thank nnee1199
Reviewed April 14, 2017 via mobile

Fantastic tour with two five year olds, led by Donald. Highly recommended. The right length of time. It gets cold in the mines all year round so wrap up warm when you go.

Thank Maximum363
Reviewed April 14, 2017 via mobile

Having been before and done the infinity bridge we decided to go back and complete the Via Ferrara Extreme. We were a group of 5 from 50 to 17 and all absolutely loved it. Hayley was our guide / leader and was really brilliant, she...More

Thank Samshrub
Reviewed April 12, 2017

Amazing place, we learned a lot about the history of slate mining and the hard working conditions of the miners. Glad we booked the tour in advance, as it was a very busy day and all other adventures were already booked out. It's quite a...More

Thank Michael H
Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile

Either I'm getting really old or I was genuinely interested by Donald's very knowledgeable and humorous tour on the mining operation and modern history; must be good 'cos even my 9 year old daughter really enjoyed it.

Thank smiler-955
Reviewed April 12, 2017

We have been here before but it such an interesting place to visit. Has a shop full of products made from slate and larger displays outside.NICE cafe..!

Thank Gregory T
Reviewed April 7, 2017

The charge of £12 per person was not worth it - maybe £5 per head would be more reasonable. The whole reception area was very rudimentary (for an alleged 'attraction') with not enough seating for the numbers that were expected and it was very cold...More

Thank India_Traveller15
Reviewed April 5, 2017

We didn't book in advance for the tour before we went so didn't visit the actual mine. Hadn't realised the tour took about 1.5hrs and as the tour that was fully booked we decided we would come another time. The actual place has a small...More

Thank Ruth S
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Megan G
October 18, 2017|
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Response from clapperton90 | Reviewed this property |
Hey sorry for the late reply! Just google them for your times ect and defiantly book! I would say no to doing it pregnant to be honest but obviously entirely up to yourself. Enjoy anyway
Lucy E
December 28, 2016|
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Response from tiger1998 | Property representative |
Yes we have the Kimberley Mine tour that runs daily. It's mainly on the level and is a fairly flat surface. It goes approximately 200m inside the mine. It will involve stooping downwards slightly for approximately 40m. I... More
December 18, 2016|
Response from tiger1998 | Property representative |
The guide that takes you an the Via Ferrata takes lots of photos of you and others on the route. When you get down from the activity you'll have the chance to look at all the photos on a slide show at the main desk. You'll... More