Honister Slate Mine

Honister Slate Mine, Via Ferrata
Keswick, Cumbria

Average time spent – 2 hours.

Things to do at Honister Slate Mine, Via Ferrata review

Honister Slate mine near Keswick in Cumbria offers a range of indoor and outdoor adventures for a range of ages and abilities. Located at the head of Honister pass, it is the last working slate mine in England and is home to the iconic Westmorland green slate.

Infinity Bridge is a 1.5-hour activity for those 1.3 metres and over and at least 8 years of age. The bridge is a single wire across a gorge 2000 feet above the valley floor. If you dare look you will be rewarded with some amazing views.

You can also climb the mine which is a 2.5-hour activity for those 1.3 metres and over and at least 10 years of age. This is an adrenalin-filled adventure in the mountain. The climb follows the route of the original underground mine workings. There are vertical climbs, rope-bridge crossings and steep ladder ascents. This is an all-weather activity.

If you’re looking for something to do for all the family they also run mine tours. These last for 1.5 hours and take you deep underground through their historic slate mine where you will learn about the 450-million-year old volcanic green slate. The tour is fully guided and includes 50 steps and uneven ground.

Honister is also home to Via Ferrata activities with Via Ferrate Xtreme and Via Ferrata classic. Via Ferrata is from 10 years, height 1.3 metres. Via Ferrata originated in the Alps during WWI as a climbing route to enable troops to cross mountains. It is climbing like no other with metal steps, suspension bridges and more. It is one of the most adrenaline-filled climbing activities in the world.

Covid 19 – Please check the website or social media of an attraction before visiting. Many places may be open differently and some remain closed. Reviews do not mention all of these changes or possible price changes. Most places now require you to pre-book online in advance.

Important Information Honister Slate Mine

Eating – Perched at the top of Honister Pass is Honister’s Sky Hi Café with locally sourced and home-cooked food, drinks, and ice cream.

Facilities in brief – Adrenalin adventure activities including Via Ferrata, cliff climbing, suspension bridges, mine tours and more. There are toilets and a cafe.

Entry price – *Expensive
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Expensive. Infinity bridge £25 per person. The mine tour costs £17.50 for an adult, £9.50 for a child. Via Ferrata classic is £40 per person and £45 pp for the Xtreme. Parking is FREE for Honister customers. £5.00 per day per vehicle, if you are not a customer.

Opening: They are open for most of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.

Dog friendly? – Dogs are welcome in the café, shop and public viewing area but not on any of the activities.

Information on accessibility – Please contact the venue

Address: Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN, Cumbria, England. Phone: 017687 77230

Category – Adventure activities Indoors and Outdoors – mine tours for all ages, adventures from 8-10 years and over

Honister Slate Mine
Honister Slate Mine
Honister Slate Mine
Honister Slate Mine
Honister Slate Mine
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