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Honister Slate Mine, Keswick

Categories: Tourist Spots, Mines
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4.6/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web
Known as the producer of the famous Westmorland green slate, Honister Slate Mine opened to the public in 1997 while its mining operations continued. One of the mine's main attractions is the via ferrata, a series of steel cables affixed to the mountainside. Climb the rock face while you are attached to these sturdy cables or take a guided tour of the historic mines and modern operating counterparts. See Honister Slate Mine and all Keswick has to offer by arranging your trip with our Keswick itinerary maker.
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  • It was pouring with rain so decided to stop here and we were pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. Not only could you have a guided tour, which sadly we didn't have time for, but also a very nice l...  read more »
  • Great day out, took me out of my comfort zone. Tom, our guide was great, very reassuring which helped! We thoroughly enjoyed it! Wondered round the shop and grabbed a coffee at the cafe - only downsid...  read more »
  • Very enjoyable tour with three year old twins - made the tour very inclusive and engaging for them, including instructing them in drilling the hole for dynamite! Am now regularly threatening them with...  read more »
  • Well worth the drive. Amazing views and very family friendly tour. Worth planning some extra time to explore the area on foot.
  • It was an insightful and entertaining tour with our guide Roland. The drive to Honister also boasts quite spectacular views. I would recommend it as a must-go during your visit to Lake District!
  • This place is a wonder to behold. Firstly it is based in the Honister Pass which IMHO is the most beautiful place in the Lake District. Secondly you get to go down into a slate mine which is fascinating, amazing, educational and stunning to look at all at the same time. For the adventurous there is an amazing climbing and zip line experience (I didn't but I'm told it is amazing). Finally the shop has the most incredible gifts, who knew what you could do with slate.
  • It must be five years since we first visited this amazing,beautiful place. We go back regularly when on the mainland and continue to be awestruck.
  • Went to the mine last year for the purpose of getting some slate for a waterfall and we were helped at reception and ended up with what is known as a boot full and I was so pleased with the amount I am returning again in March this year excellent place with great scenery. Thank You Honister Slate Mine. Brian Fuller.
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