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Mine Tours, at Honister Slate Mine

Mine Tours, at Honister Slate Mine


Guided Mine Tours of England’s oldest working slate mine wend their way through the 900 year old mine deep in the heart of the former volcano, Fleetwith Pike.

The huge maze of underground tunnels is an archaeological time capsule and as part of the mine tours, visitors can experience everything from narrow passages and incredible cathedral-like caverns as they delve deep into a subterranean world. They will also learn how the Victorian miners worked using hand tools by candle light.

It’s a sight to behold as visitors find out more about some of the unusual and unexpected events that have taken place here, including an underground cricket match and music concerts inside the mine.

There are also specialist ecological and industrial heritage tours outside on Honister Crag during the summer.
Booking is advisable in holiday periods.

Opening details

On bank hols open from 09.00. Phone during winter months. During Christmas holidays please phone as we do open.


Adult - £17.50 (16 AND OVER)
Child - £9.50 (Aged 10 -15)
Family - £49.00 (2 adults+2 Children)


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Credit cards accepted over £10.


Honister Pass,
CA12 5XN


Plan route to Honister Slate Mine using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 245138  Lat: 54.51386 Long: -3.16770

Take A66 to Keswick. Arriving in Keswick drive on the B5289 signposted Borrowdale valley and Rosthwaite. Drive on this road for approximately 10 miles. Honister Slate Mine is situated at the top of the pass on the left.

Accessible by Public Transport: 26 miles from Penrith station

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