THE HEIGHTS OF ABRAHAM CABLE CARS, CAVERNS & HILLTOP PARK
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Ever since The Heights of Abraham opened 230 years ago it has been a popular destination for groups - some of the largest ones on record were in Victorian times when mass railway excursions were all the rage!
Today, the groups may be smaller but their expectations are higher. We know that organising a group visit can involve a lot of hard work and careful planning which is why we try our best to help you make it as easy as possible. We will even arrange an orientation visit for you and a colleague free of charge.
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.
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 our 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 our 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations.
On the upper floor our 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 our giant Ichthyosaur, which was over 3 metres long and alive at the same time as the Dinosaurs... not be missed!
Here are also 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.
We offer group discounts for fifteen or more plus free cable car ticket and refreshment voucher for the tour organiser or coach driver. There is parking for coaches in the Matlock Bath railway station car park, just a few hundred yards from the cable car entrance.
The Vista Bar & Restaurant and Terrace Café can both accommodate groups. If you have any specific catering requirements just ask and we will be happy to talk through the options available from morning coffee to our popular gourmet buffets. We also have an afternoon tea package to suit your needs. Please contact our Events Manager for more information.