England's last working Slate Mine is a great place for education

Children are curious and hungry to learn. At Honister we are excited to encourage them to take a hands-on role in their education here. We are strong believers in getting stuck in, getting children out in the elements and getting them actively involved in their own learning.

We are a family-run firm keeping England’s last working slate mine alive in the heart of the Lake District. Formerly the Buttermere and Westmorland Green Slate Company Ltd, its owners today are the Weir-Wilkinson family.

Slate has been mined here at Honister Slate Mine for centuries… from occupying Romans to ancient Monks and Victorian pioneers. Today we are working in 11 miles of underground tunnels mining 450-million-year-old Westmorland Green Slate.

We are not just miners and stonemasons here; we are caretakers of the mountain… the voices of our historic mines and storytellers of our green gold’s ancient legacy.

Honister is not only a tourist attraction but also the last commercial mine left in the UK, that leaves us as a final bastion to tell the story of not just being a working slate mine but also share the tale of how one man’s courage, determination and perseverance has ensured that the character nature and ethos of Cumberland lives on.

The Lake District’s rich industrial heritage seems to be a well-kept secret, who’d ever have thought that a family run business hidden behind the jaws of Borrowdale would be producing slate for some of the UK’s most prestigious buildings, Buckingham Palace and St. Pauls Cathedral to name a few…

As well as offering group discounts we are able to provide workshops, talks and pre- and post-trip activities/ in school visits to make your visit even more memorable and relevant.

We are proud to offer a range of indoor and outdoor adventures for a range of ages and abilities. Whether that be a high adrenaline adventure climbing above the clouds and/or exploring our vast mine caverns on foot looking to widen young (and old!) minds.

We can accommodate very large groups and offer additional activities so please get in touch and we will discuss your requirements; all visits to us can be adapted to cover topics unique to each group.

If you have any specific requirements or topics to be covered by your visit here please let us know.

All enquiries to Lauren@honister.com

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