Honister Slate Mine

First recordings of mining at the Honister Slate Mine dates back to the 1700’s, but it is believed it may have started in the Roman or even Pre-Historic era. Many skills were used by the miners which are carried on today with some processes not becoming mechanised until the 1920’s when a factory at The Hause was constructed. Many attractions can be found at the Slate Mine allowing you to learn a lot about the history of mining and what still goes on today.

The most exciting thing you can do at this attraction is the Underground Mine Visitor Tours. There are a few tours to choose from, ‘Kimberley’ fully underground suitable for all ages, ‘The Edge’ venture up the mountain before heading deep inside the mine or ‘The Cathedral’ a tour of the working mine with mining stories being told by the owner. Each tour lasts about 1 ½ hours and will provide you with a great experience of exploring the mines whilst learning about the industry.

For those who are looking for some adventurous activity during your stay, you can have a go on ‘Via Ferrata’, which is a twist on traditional rock climbing. Instead of being belayed during your climb, you are attached to a permanent fixture by iron rungs and supports. The attractions do not finish there as there is a visitor centre, factory trail, stone garden and cafe; enough to keep you busy all day.

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