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Honister Slate Mine

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Address: Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN, England
Phone Number: +44 17687 77230
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Honister Slate Mine is a unique award winning experience, England's last...

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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Via Ferrata and mine tour are great!

We did the mine tour first which is very very interesting. Then the Via Ferrata. Great fun for my son and I. The guides for both were fabulous! The Via Ferrata was a bit hairy... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Bournemouth
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Bournemouth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the mine tour first which is very very interesting. Then the Via Ferrata. Great fun for my son and I. The guides for both were fabulous! The Via Ferrata was a bit hairy for the faint hearted but you are always clipped on and in no danger. A real thrill. A must do if you are an adventurous... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very disappointed with the icy condition of the car park. When you pay £5 to park your car it would be good if the car park was salted or gritted. Friendly staff in the cafe.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Knowing it was going to go dark around 4 pm we decided to do something unusual, for us anyway, and book a visit on the 3.30 slot. It was snowing as we made our way up the Hollister pass on a narrow winding road at one point thinking we had missed a turning as it is isolated. However the welcome... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was snowing and freezing cold so we decided to have an 'inside' day. A terrific choice. An informative and enjoyable tour with local guide Donald. Well worth a visit.

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Leominster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited in early November and really enjoyed the tour. The weather was miserable but that was no problem as most of the tour is under cover - indeed DEEP under cover! An interesting talk in the shop was followed by getting kitted out with hard hats and lamps then we were taken up the mountain by bus to near... More 

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Sale, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a working slate mine, shop, cafe , area to use as a base to start your walk, we booked a climb with a trained guide and climbing instructor. how challenging do you want the activity? the choice is yours. we had chosen a climb at the fist level, what an experience, harnessed for safety we ventured out on a sunny... More 

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Thank Peter J C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on the mine tour. Donald was very informative, good fun and definitely gave a good flavour of what it must have been like to live and work there. Hard times! Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating tour! Tory was brilliant and so informative, with excellent subject knowledge and a great sense of humour. Thoroughly recommend you visit the Mine if you are in the area.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were shown round by Donald an ex miner who is very knowledgeable and has some great tales to tell. At 79 he's a great asset to the mine staff. The prices of the tours are reasonable and the gift shop is well stocked. The staff are all friendly and the drive to and from the mine is lovely.

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful time spent there.Starting from arival staff very friendly and polite.Little cafe serving hot sandwiches,cofe etc.Out guide on a trip was Adam,certain asset of the company.He made everyone feel welcome and made it so much more fun for everyone.Certainly worth the money.

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