Discover our modern mining operations with an exclusive after-hours tour led by our most experienced guide, Roly. Venture into our vast cathedral-like caverns and gain insights into the interesting history of the UK’s last working slate mine.
Start at the upper entrance of our honeycomb of working tunnels where Roly will educate you not just about Westmorland Green Slate and 400+ year history but how Mark resurrected the mine from an abandoned eyesore to the busy working enterprise and tourist destination we are today.
See how this humble entrance on the hillside hides a multitude of tunnels and caverns along with the labours of centuries of Honister men, the full extent of which can only really be appreciated after a visit deep underground on a Cathedral Tour.
Mine tours are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. Please note that this activity does involve descending down approximately 50 steps (with a handrail).
Unfortunately, due to the terrain and nature of the mountain, we cannot permit wheelchair users on our tours. However, our visitor centre is wheelchair-friendly and accessible toilet facilities can be found in our café.
The Cathedral Working Mine Tour costs £30 per person and a minimum number of 4 participants is required.
The Cathedral Working Mine Tour and the regular Mine Tour offer distinct experiences. While the regular Mine Tour provides an overview of the mine’s history, geological features, and daily operations, the Cathedral Working Mine Tour offers a more immersive and hands-on adventure. During the Cathedral Working Mine Tour, visitors have the opportunity to engage in active mining activities, witness the mining process firsthand, and gain a deeper understanding of the mine’s operations, making it a more interactive and specialised experience for those interested in the mining industry.
The Cathedral Working Mine Tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours.