Mine Tours and “Climb The Mine” take you deep down inside the heart of a Lake District Mountain
Go Deep Underground! PERFECT FOR WET WEATHER! The highlight of any visit to Honister Slate Mine must be our fully-guided underground tour!
Prices from £8.50 Child, £13.50 Adult, Family discounts online Times; 10.30 am, 12.30 pm (2.00 pm during peak periods only) & 3.30 pm (December/January 12.30 only) Duration; Clothing;
Tours take approx. 1.5 hours
Please come prepared with warm clothing and sensible footwear. Safety helmets and lamps will be provided by Honister on arrival.
Prices from £8.50 Child, £13.50 Adult, Family discounts online
10.30 am, 12.30 pm (2.00 pm during peak periods only) & 3.30 pm
(December/January 12.30 only)
Climb the Mine
An adrenaline filled adventure deep inside the heart of a Lake District mountain, ‘Climb the Mine’ is the only one of its type in England.
Climb the Mine follows the route of the original underground mine workings. Complete with vertical climbs, rope-bridge crossings and steel ladder ascents. This weather-proof experience sees participants led deep underground to explore a secret world of hidden passages and magnificent caverns where miners used to extract rock for roofing slates. Then, climb up into the roof of the mine itself, delve into a previously unseen part of the cavern to experience what miners used to over 100 years ago, from a brand new perspective. The finale sees you cross the mountains underground incline stretching all the way up to the working mine. And eventually emerge triumphant to a spectacular view of one of England’s highest mountain passes.
Please come prepared for wet conditions, gloves and with strong footwear. All essential equipment will be provided by Honister on arrival.
Held on Friday Evenings for a minimum of 8 people. A bespoke Cathedral Mine Tour. Minimum height 1m 30cm (Subject to weather and operational conditions)
£25.00 per person
Must be pre-booked and run only on Friday evenings. (Minimum 8 person)
Minimum height 1m 30cm
(Subject to weather and operational conditions)
This excursion into the subterranean world provides a wonderful insight into the history of the mine and allows you to grasp the immense scale of our operations and those of our forebears.
There are more than eleven miles of tunnels in all – though you won’t see them all, of course! – and during the tour, you’ll see some of the enormous caverns in which we work. You will also learn how we extract and process the slate using a mixture of modern and traditional techniques.
Helmets and lamps are provided and the whole tour normally lasts around 1½ hours.
Please note that bookings are non-refundable, however you may re-book for an alternate date 48 hours prior to the tour date.
Historical & Ecological Tours
See the remarkable old industrial archaeological remains and/or areas of the crag where mountain-flower species associated with this habitat can be found.
This area holds one of the most notable old industrial landscapes in the region. The tour will include visits to both underground and surface sites and will involve some steep but safe scrambling.
The Crag also holds a distinctive pattern of vegetation enhanced by its mineral-rich geology.
The Ecological trips will guide plant enthusiasts to areas of the Crag where mountain-flower species associated with this habitat can be found. The route of the trips will vary depending on the time of year and the flora in bloom and may involve some steep but safe scrambling.
Tours can alternate between historical and ecological subject areas.