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Heights of Abraham

Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3NT

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Winners of the 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Award

 

Take a sky ride to this award-winning visitor attraction

Towering above the pretty village of Matlock Bath, in the Derwent Valley, is The Heights of Abraham, one of Britain’s top visitor attractions. The estate has been welcoming tourists for over two centuries, but it wasn’t until 1984 when an ambitious plan to install a cable car transport system was realized, that visitors could literally take off to The Heights.

 

Prior to the introduction of the cable cars, guests had to walk up the winding hillside paths from river level at Matlock Bath to the summit. In Victorian times, when the village was a fashionable spa, ponies and donkeys were used to carry wealthy visitors, who were curious to discover the underground world in the famous show caverns, which form part of the estate.

Today, whilst the views and caverns are just as inspiring, it’s the award-winning 60-acre estate and the facilities at the summit that makes a trip to the Heights a “must-see” for anyone touring Derbyshire. Awarded “Gold” for its visitor experience and customer care by Visit England earlier this year, the Heights offers a wonderful vantage point, inspirational scenery, underground tours through illuminated show caverns, galleries, exhibitions and, high above the valley in the Visitor Centre, a unique dining experience at the Vista Restaurant and Bar. 

A short distance away and nestled into the hillside is the Woodland Adventure play area. Further along the zig-zag path is the Victoria Prospect Tower and by following paths down the hill through the forest garden, is the entrance to the Great Rutland Cavern. Picnic spots are dotted around the grounds providing more scope to explore the estate or simply to relax in natural surroundings.

A brand-new period costume exhibition offers a walk through time and puts the focus on how the lives, and fashions, of visitors from the past 230-years differ to the modern visitor today. Fourteen delightfully dressed figures show what visitors of the past would have worn on their day out at the Heights of Abraham. Intricate willow sculptures created by artist Caroline Gregson capture important moments from the past, paused in time.  

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Dogs are welcome and travel free on the cable cars. Whilst they are not allowed in the caverns, they do have their very own activities on two Waggy Tail Trails lasting from 25 minutes to over an hour. Dogs are also welcome on the café’s outside terraces, and water bowls can be found throughout the site. 

Admission to all the attractions is free once you have purchased your cable car tickets from the riverside Cable Car station. The ticket office is located a short walk from Matlock Bath railway station, car and coach park at the northern end of the village.

Cable car tickets can also be purchased online in advance of your visit, or on the day at the ticket office. For savings, buy your tickets on line following the web link above. 

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Discounted On The Day Ticket - Adult£19.20 per ticket
Discounted On The Day Ticket - Child£12.40 per ticket
Discounted Online Ticket - Adult£18.40 per ticket
Discounted Online Ticket - Child£12.00 per ticket
On the day - Adult (16+)£24.00 per ticket
On the day - Child (5-15)£15.50 per ticket
On the day - Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)£71.00 per ticket
Online - Adult (16+)£23.00 per ticket
Online - Child (5-15)£15.00 per ticket
Online - Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)£69.00 per ticket
Under 5sFree

Under 5s go FREE.
Your cable car ticket gives you access to The Heights of Abraham hilltop park and our two underground guided tours of the famous show caverns.
Online tickets are available - click on the Book Now button above.
Annual passes are available to buy online.

Discounted Tickets: See website for further details

Bus and Rail Discount - Receive 20% off tickets when you travel by bus or rail to Matlock Bath
NHS Discount - Receive 20% discount if you are an NHS worker
MOD Discount - Receive 20% discount if you are currently serving or a veteran who holds an MOD90 discount card
Blue Light Card - Receive 20% discount if you are a blue light card holder
Blue Peter Badge - Offer free entry to Blue Peter badge holders
Carers - Free entry for carers accompanying disabled guest - Carers ID or disability documentation is required upon arrival

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  • Groups Accepted
  • Indoor Attraction
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Picnic Site

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

Opening Times

Heights of Abraham (25 Mar 2022 - 6 Nov 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30

* 2022 opening hours:
- From 4 March open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays only until March 21.
- Open daily from March 25th until November 6th.

Opening times: 10.00am until 4.30pm, later during school holidays.

Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Travellers' Choice TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2022
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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