Heights of Abraham

A cloudy day in the Peak District is better than a sunny day stuck in the office

The heights of Abraham is a hill top tourist attraction with something for everyone including fossil factory, Great rutland cavern and Great masson cavern

A unique place from spring to autumn and there really is something for everything.

I have visited the Heights with my wife and 2 children many times. One of the best experience is to see the panic on my daughters face whilst we take the cable car to the top.

The best place to park is next to the station (Sat Nav/post code DE4 3NT). From the car park make your way to the station and follow the path to the Cable car base station.

Opening times

9 February       - 24 February (daily):                          10am – 4.30pm

2 March           - 10 March (weekends only):              10am – 4.30pm

16 March         - 3 March (daily):                                10am – 4.30pm

 The opening hours may change and the last cable car is advertised at the base station. If you need to contact the Heights of Abraham (01629) 582365.

OK as I mentioned above the best place to start is the cable car base station. We usually take the car up and walk down the path which takes us to the far end of Matlock Bath so we can walk back to the car park through the town.

At the top we head straight to the prospect tower to take in the fantastic views. After this the kids head for the small play area while I find the time for the next tour of the Great Masson Cavern. If there is a wait we head to the Fossil factory.

We never leave the top of the heights until we have visited the Great Masson cavern. Once we finish the tour we walk around the top of the caves and find the original cave entrance mentioned in the tour. There are over 60 acres of park and woodland in which to wander so make the most of it.

We then head down the heights to the lower level attractions. On the way we either take a takeaway coffee (unless we have a flask) to the large play area and the kids run off some steam. When they (and us) have had enough we walk a little further downhill to the Great Rutland Cavern.

Both the Great Masson cavern and the Great Rutland Cavern are a must if you are visiting the peak district. Other caves can be found here.

Once the tour of the heights of Abraham are over we head down the road back to Matlock bath. If you head to the right you’ll come out opposite the old theatre. Walk through the town back to the car park. There are some excellent little shops and pubs to visit if you have the time.

Further information can be found on the Heights of Abraham's web site

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