Masson Cavern

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The Great Masson Cavern is one of two caves at the Heights of Abraham, Matlock, Derbyshire, England. The other is Great Rutland Cavern.

It is said that the mining of this area began in Roman times, reaching its heyday in the 17th Century. The miners are now long gone but in emptying the ground of the rich mineral deposits, they left behind a large network of naturally formed caverns and passageways dating back millions of years.

Now, regular guided tours allow you to retrace the footsteps of the Miners underground, and experience the spectacular caverns they left behind.

Experience first-hand this spectacular cavern system as it winds its way deep underground and into the hillside. With the help of a state of the art lighting installation your guide will take you on a fascinating journey. From the light of a single miners candle to the whole chamber being flooded with changing colours you will hear all about the caverns million year history.

The Cavern is notable for its lack of stalactites and stalagmites, as the cave is coated in a clay-like substance that inhibits deposition. However, it still has some rock formations such as "the Owl" and "the Rabbit". It was first opened to visitor viewing in Victorian times and had been mined for fluorspar prior to the opening to visitors.

The Great Masson Cavern is one of the oldest show caves known. Originally a lead mine encompassing several mining titles, and later worked for fluorspar, Great Masson was opened to the public in Victorian times. Within the show cave are possibly some of the earliest and best preserved miner’s inscriptions in the country.

The mine is now part of the "Heights of Abraham" tourist attraction in Matlock Bath - which also includes Rutland Cavern, the cable car and other visitor attractions.

For further information about this cave visit the Heights of Abraham web site

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