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Honister Slate Mine

Honister Slate Mine, the last working slate mine in England is located off the winding roads of the Honister Pass in the Lake District. After being re-opened in 1997 the mine became working once again, and the new owners wanted to share their mining story with the public and, as such, the Honister Slate Mine tours opened.

What to Do

Visitors to Honister Slate Mine can enjoy a group tour down the mine shaft with an educative guide. Climb deeper into the mine as you learn about the history of slate extraction and transportation. Those with a little more adrenaline can climb across the via ferrata, this exposed ledge sits 1200 feet above the valley floor and provides excellent views of the surrounding countryside.

When to Come

Honister Slate Mine is the perfect rainy day destination in the Lake District and, as such, it’s usually busy in the winter and during school holidays. Reservations can be made online in advance to avoid disappointment. Make sure you stop off at the gift shop on your way out to purchase your very own piece of Honister slate.