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Honister Slate Mine & Via Ferrata

Keswick, Cumbria, England

Attraction Information

  • Caves and Mines icon Caves and Mines
  • Climbing icon Climbing

Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)

Venue type: Outdoor

Honister Slate Mine is a bit of an understated treasure these days, you'd never guess from the humble title how much fun there is to be had here, both able and below ground, for the adventurers and for the learners!

First of all a fully-guided tour into the mine itself is available several times a day led by enthusiastic experts, detailing the history and spectacular features of the mine: a great educational experience that's not shy on the senses and brilliant for curious kids who don't mind a bit of gloom!

The tour shows the current workings of the mine and how a mixture of modern and traditional methods is still working to extract the slate, which was forming some 400 million years before even the dinosaurs were about!

Plus, above that (waaay above) the Via Ferrata Classic, Infiniti Bridge and Via Ferrata Xtreme, the Award Winning miner climbing experiences, are suitable for fit over 10s with a sense of adventure and a head for heights! However, if you're not up for the high wire act then you can still get stuck into some active fun with the Climb The Mine indoor ferrata experience - held deep underground!

With a minimum age 10 and height 1m 30cm to participate in the adventures, you can traverse the interior of the mine up and along the walls with safe as houses custom built grips and rails plus of course your safety cables. Serious fun that you won't forget in a hurry!


  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Honister Pass, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5XN, England


Click here to visit Honister Slate Mine & Via Ferrata's website
017687 77230

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours


April through October

09:00, 12:00, 15:00

November through March


Other time slots may be available during holiday periods.


April through October

09:00 and 15:00

November through March



Climb The Mine

Child: from £19.95

Adults: from £29.95

Via Ferrata Classic

Adults: from £35

Kids (over 10!): from £25


Child over 10: from £29.50

Adults: £39.50


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