Climb the mine

Honister’s Climb the Mine adventure is a fun-packed underground experience where participants get to explore inside the old slate mine. It’s a thrilling journey through the subterranean world, allowing visitors to scale the mine cavern walls, traverse tunnels, climb ladders, and discover fascinating artefacts.

2.5 hrs
30 mins

Please arrive 30 mins before your activity starts

All-Weather Activity
1.3m tall, 8 yrs old

Participants must be...

What is Climb the mine

Climb the mine is an action-packed underground adventure for all the family. Come rain or shine, participants are given the opportunity to journey deep into the heart of the lake district. Winding passages and old mining routes lead the way to a range of exciting obstacles, including rope bridges, ladders, a zip line and Tarzan swing. This is the ultimate rainy day activity in the Lake District!

Delve into the heart of history and challenge your limits by following in the footsteps of the brave old miners who once toiled to extract the legendary Honister green slate.

This high-energy experience takes you on a journey like no other. Vertical climbs, rope-bridge crossings, and daring steel ladder ascents will test your mettle as you navigate through the rugged terrain. Along the way, you’ll explore hidden passages and grand caverns, immersing yourself in the secrets of the slate miners’ world and unveiling a previously unseen underground realm. The grand finale awaits as you emerge triumphantly to a breathtaking view of one of England’s highest mountain passes. It’s a heart-pounding, fun-filled journey that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Key Information

  • £55 per person.
  • Sessions last approximately 2.5 hours.
  • ALL under 16’s must be accompanied by a participating adult (18+).
  • Suitable in all weather, perfect for a rainy day!
  • Minimum age requirement of 8 years.
  • Minimum Height of 1.3 metres.
  • Maximum weight 18st/114kg, waist measurement max 43 inches, thighs max 27 inches
  • All essential equipment will be provided by Honister on arrival.
  • Boots or strong shoes are required.
  • By participating you acknowledge that there are photos taken of the whole group and these are distributed to everyone in the session.
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Myself and my partner did the Infinity Bridge which was an amazing experience! Mark our instructor talked us through everything and he kept the kids with him whilst we walked the bridge! We then did the Climb the Mine with the kids OMG I’m my opinion this was a lot harder and scarier than the bridge! The kids loved every single minute of it, both Mark and Felix were brilliant at talking us through everything and making us feel at ease. Brilliant day that we’ll never forget!
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We booked for Via Ferrata but did Climb the Mine instead due to the poor weather. Even though our original plans had to change, we had a great time underground clipping and climbing our way along the challenging but family friendly course. The staff above and below ground were awesome, re-booking our activity at short notice and ensuring that we were well briefed and safe on our activity. The drive up to the slate mine is lovely and the views will I’m sure be truly amazing but not unfortunately on a wet and windy day in August. Definitely on the list to return in the future hopefully when the weather is better. 🤞😃
Trish B
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I found this quite a challenging climb in the mine although there was a lovely 8 yr old boy in our group who was quite exceptional and led the way. Very interesting and our guide was knowledgeable very encouraging. Pricey but worth it, was good value daybout. Give yourself plenty of time to get there with narrow roads. Good shop and places to look around while you wait. We didnt have time to try cafe. We will be back to try something else.
Andrea C
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Had an absolutely amazing afternoon with Andy doing Climb the Mine. He put the boys (definitely nervous) at ease and had them laughing and climbing and doing things that I wasn’t entirely sure they would. As my youngest said ‘It’s the scariest but best thing I’ve ever done!’ I would recommend this to anyone, it’s worth every penny!


No. This is agreed to in the terms and conditions at the time of booking.

We will, however, issue you with a voucher which is valid for 12 months if cancelled 48 hours BEFORE the date of your activity. If you cancel WITHIN 48 hours vouchers will not be issued.

Yes. Located in the main visitor area. It is open daily serving paninis, soup, bacon sandwiches and homemade cakes with teas and coffees.

Whilst we try to cater for all dietary requirements sometimes it is not always possible.

The duration of Climb the Mine is roughly 2.5 hours.

“Climb the Mine” at Honister Slate Mine is likely a 2.5 hour adventure activity that involves exploring the inside of the historic slate mine. Participants go through a series of challenging obstacles as they ascend or descend parts of the mine using various techniques like Via Ferrata, zip-lining, or climbing ladders and ropes. It’s an exciting and unique way to explore inside the mine and stunning landscapes of the Lake District.

Climb the Mine has a moderate level of physical demands, such as climbing ladders or traversing obstacles. Participants should generally have a reasonable level of fitness and mobility.

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