General Info

Honister Slate Mine in the Lake District Cumbria

Located at the head of Honister Pass in the centre of the Lake District

We produce the world famous Westmorland Green Slate a beautiful, functional 450 million year old material that has been extracted here for centuries.
We also produce the most most thrilling, interesting and memorable Lake District Adventures on offer, whatever the weather. We look forward to welcoming you and showing you around our spectacular, dramatic location.


Honister Pass Weather

The wettest place in England!

Honister is situated in the centre of The Lake District at the top of Honister Pass.

The climate is extreme and we suggest appropriate clothing and footwear to complete your enjoyment.

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Parking Info

FREE for Honister customers.

£5.00 per day per vehicle, if you are not a customer. This is refundable on the day against Mine Tours, Via Ferrata’s and Subterranean Climb The Mine, The Infiniti Bridge or Shop purchases over £10.00 retail value. Please present your ticket at the time of purchase.

Tickets are available from the Shop.

On leaving the B5289 the main entrance for customers wishing to park at Honister is at the front of our Visitor Centre. Turn immediately right for our main ”Visitors’ Car Park”, turn left for the “Overflow Car Park”.

We do not recommend you use our coach/wagon entrance as the track is not suitable for passenger vehicles.

Coaches are welcome to park at Honister free. We have lots of space, but please phone ahead and we can help with traffic flow.

We regret no overnight parking unless previously arranged and is charged at the day rate.

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Sky Hi Cafe

Sky Hi Cafe

Homemade food and hot drinks all locally sourced.

Borrowdale’s best Bacon Butty with a bowl of homemade soup, a quick bite between your activities or come and enjoy some fantastic homemade cakes and latte’s on your drive over Honister Pass, the highest café in the Lakes.  The hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and cream and the freshly made healthy snacks for the cyclists are all a good reason to stop at this unique location.

Sky high Café opened from 8:30 till 5pm every day.

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Fill Ya Boot

Fill Ya Boot

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can see the mines at first hand by taking a underground tour or try out our Via Ferrata and if, after all this, you discover that you’re beginning to share our love of slate, then don’t leave without taking advantage of our ‘Fill Ya Boot’ offer (as much slate as you can fit in your car boot for just £20.00)



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