Rutland Cavern

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The rutland cavern is one of two caves at the Heights of Abraham, Matlock, Derbyshire, England. The other is great masson 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.

Here, young and old alike can head underground to experience a day in the life of a 17th Century lead mining family. Once underground the miners tales are brought to life by John the miner, recreating the atmosphere of life underground.

The Cavern is a small cave consisting of a narrow passage and a chamber leading into the Nestus Grotto. Sometimes a face of sunlight can be seen through holes in the rock which is called the devils face. At the end of the tour there is a display on what it was like mining in the 19th century.

It was first opened to the public in 1812 and was then known as 'Nestor mine'. It was then, and previously, mined for lead and various other minerals.

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

It's a great day out for all the family

For further information visit the Heights of Abraham web site

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