Take a spectacular cable car ride across the Derbyshire gorge and tour the historic underground lead mining caverns at the hilltop centre.
Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3NT
Tel: 01629 582 365
Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities, Trips and Transport
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
Since first opening to visitors in 1780 the Heights of Abraham has remained one of the Peak District’s most appealing destinations where stunning natural beauty is matched by human achievement and where the historic blends seamlessly with the futuristic.
Today the Heights is rightly famous for its landmark cable car which provides a spectacular journey across the Derwent Valley with stunning views.
At the summit people can experience a unique blend of attractions. There are guided tours down the Great Masson Cavern where, from the glow of a single candle to the whole chamber being flooded with light, its million year history is revealed before exiting further up the hillside to enjoy the magnificent panorama from the Tinker’s Shaft viewing point. For hundreds of years this part of the estate on the Masson Hill was a hive of industrial activity and lead mining. This created a unique landscape and habitat which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit ‘The Long View’, see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favorite place to visit for many generations.
On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. There is also a film presentation showing how the Heights’ own show caverns were formed, and the chance to get up close to the fossilized remains of the giant Ichthyosaur, which was over 3 metres long and alive at the same time as the Dinosaurs… not be missed!
Here also are shops, play areas and numerous picnic spots to discover, and if you feel hungry the Vista Bar and Restaurant is a great place to eat, drink and enjoy stunning views in acres of beautiful woodland.
Open from February until early November, please see the website for precise opening times.
Stay safe. Coronavirus advice is being updated daily and most attractions are closed. Feel free to browse for future trips. Let’s Go with the Children is still open and are here to help and support families with ideas and information to keep you safe and your kids entertained at home.