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Heights of Abraham

Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3NT
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Heights of Abraham has now reopened with enhanced safety measures in place. Please click on the read more button below to watch a short video and find out about safety measure they have put in place to keep you safe during your next visit. 

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.

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. 

This year the Heights is celebrating the cable car's 35th year with a series of live events, heritage dedications and mini-festivals. Events have so far included a Woodland fairytale weekend and a walking festival in May. July sees the return of one of the UK’s top Punch Professors with his ornate puppet booth for the summer school holidays. There are also regular creative craft sessions for young children in the Art Tent and storytelling in the Masson Pavilion.

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. 

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - On the day£18.00 per ticket
Adult - Online£17.00 per ticket
Child - On the day£12.00 per ticket
Child - Online£11.50 per ticket
Child: Additional (per family) - On the day£9.00 per ticket
Child: Additional (per family) - Online£8.50 per ticket
Family (2A + 2C) - On the day£54.00 per ticket
Family (2A + 2C) - Online£52.00 per ticket
Senior 60+ - On the day£14.50 per ticket
Senior 60+ - Online£13.50 per ticket
Senior Family (2S + 2C) - On the day£50.00 per ticket
Senior Family (2S + 2C) - Online£48.00 per ticket

Cable Car Tickets:
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 website link above
Annual passes are available to buy online

Map & Directions



  • 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 (8 Feb 2020 - 3 Nov 2020)

* The Heights of Abraham is now closed for the 2019 season and will reopen on Saturday 8th February 2020.


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Tuesday, 7 April 2020 - Thursday, 31 December 2020

Audio Tours of the Heights of AbrahamThe Heights of Abraham have launched seven short Audio Tours, describing the breathtaking views from different places around the Heights.
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Frights of AbrahamThis October half term you're invited to experience the Frights of Abraham for some Halloween treats, pumpkin carving and a spookily good new self-guided audio ghost tour for families to enjoy together.
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