About Honister

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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 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.

Customer Parking

FREE for Honister customers. £5.00 per day per vehicle, if you are not a customer. Tickets are available from the Shop.

Overnight parking is available for £15 per night, cars, vans & motor-homes all welcome


 Please note we cannot accept tents and no facilities are available through the night. There is no drinking water available except for in the cafe to purchase.

Extra Information

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.

Honister Pass Weather

Tuesday 14°CWednesday 15°CThursday 13°CFriday 15°CSaturday 15°C

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

Honister.com Brochure

There is so much to see and do at England’s last working Slate Mine, download our brochure and see for yourself. Save it to your mobile device and use it as a planning tool for your visit with us.

Our Location

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 £30.00

The Bait Cabin

The highest café in the Lake District!

Homemade cakes, soups and snacks are all a good reason to stop at this unique location.

Try out Borrowdale’s best bacon butty, freshly ground coffee and paired with milk sourced from Keswick as a latte, cappuccino or flat white or some Cumbrian reared sausage rolls to mention a few of our delicious offerings.

Walkers, Cyclists, Sunday drivers, Dogs & all welcome!

Open 8:30am – 5pm daily.