We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Honister Slate Mine

Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN, England
+44 17687 77230
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond: Spectacular Ten Lakes Day Trip from...
More Info
and up
Private Tour: Lake District Day Trip from Windermere
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
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%
Travellers talk about
“via ferrata” (159 reviews)
“mark weir” (23 reviews)
“kimberly tour” (13 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN, England
+44 17687 77230
Write a Review
Reviews (1,086)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

11 - 20 of 1,073 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm only reviewing this bit of the Slate Mine Experience...if you're thinking of doing the VFE, it's worth having a look at the GoPRo videos on Youtube and making a realistic assessment of your own abilities before setting off on the Honister Pass and spending...More

Thank David1sheffield_UK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had taken a tour to see the lake district it's called the mountain goat tour company I think so this place was a part of the tour... the mine was closed so he took us just to the store which was little bit before...More

Thank pammuc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'd never heard of this place and we literally discovered it by chance. The drive up alone is worth it (most of it in 1st gear) and from the outside the place looked interesting so we thought we would stop to take a look. The...More

Thank Spencer S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Today my wife and I traveled into the hills west of Keswick on a route recommended by Rick. At the highest point of the trip (above tree line) is Honister Pass. This location is famous for its ongoing slate mining operation and offers tours of...More

Thank slsquest
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to Honister Slate Mine, but not for some years. we were on the way to Buttermere and noticed the sign for the café. we were very impressed with this venue, which has clearly been the subject of a significant refurbishment. we did...More

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well managed, confidence inducing and friendly instruction by Sean/Shaun. Absolutely superb experience.

Thank mgbristol2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in for a quick look around as we were driving part. Didn't got on any of the tours but had some lunch in the cafe which was very nice with everything made in house.

Thank StuKent
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When going over the Honister Pass it is certainly well worth stopping here for an hour or so to visit the mine. There is an interesting gift shop, with mainly slate products for sale. The cafe serves snacks and drinks and is a welcome break...More

Thank KernowEngland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very worthwhile trip to Honister Slate Mine wether underground tour or above on the challenging zip wire. Excellent lunch and shop selling slate products too

Thank Hazel C
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Did the Via Ferrata classic a couple of weeks ago. We were fortunate to have a lovely clear day. Booking process has been straightforward and all went smoothly on arrival. We had taken some lightweight rain jackets and some snacks and water as we thought...More

Thank SiobhanBrady
Nearby Restaurants
Flock Inn cafe & tea shop
137 reviews
3.49 km away
Syke Farm Tearoom
203 reviews
5.94 km away
Littletown Farm
44 reviews
6.12 km away
Restaurant at Wasdale Head Inn
269 reviews
6.14 km away
Nearby Attractions
Castle Crag
52 reviews
3.45 km away
The Bowder Stone
151 reviews
4.10 km away
500 reviews
6.04 km away
Scafell Pike Mountain
334 reviews
6.25 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Megan G
18 October 2017|
Response from spiceboy67 | Reviewed this property |
We didn't do any tours so I'm unsure. It wasn't too busy but remember this weekend is the start of half term.
Lucy E
28 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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
18 December 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