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Delabole Slate Quarry


Opening hours

1st May to 31st August


Tel. 01840 212242


Three different tours of the oldest and largest working slate quarry in England.

Option One: Daily at 2pm. Cost: £2 per person - An introduction to the Delabole Slate Company. A video presentation of the operation. A short talk on the history, working methods and geology of the quarry. Observe the quarry from the pit viewing platform.

Option Two: Daily at 2pm. Cost: £7 Adults, £5 Students and Senior Citizens. Duration about 75 minutes. As Option One with a Short Walkabout Tour of the surface works. See the sawing of large slate blocks and the traditional hand splitting of Delabole Roofing Slates.

Option Three: Minimum of Ten Persons required for the Long Walkabout Tour. Cost £12 Adults, £9 Students and Senior Citizens. As Option Two with a tour of the pit included. See the diamond wire sawing 600 tonne slate blocks (if in operation at the time) and observe the working faces within the pit. Duration about 120 minutes.


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