There’s more to see and do than ever before at the award-winning Heights of Abraham!
The Heights of Abraham, Derbyshire’s oldest tourist attraction, continues to add new attractions and facilities every year, and 2023 has been designated the “Year of Fantastic Happenings” with special events and live music happening at selected times throughout the year. (Check the “What’s On” Page for the latest event details: www.heightsofabraham.com/whats-on ). In addition to Heights of Abraham’s famous cable cars, show cavern and breath-taking submit walks, there’s no now a collection of stunning willow sculptures, a butterfly ISPY trail for younger visitors, a new film theatre and gift shop, and – later this year – an exciting new walkthrough exhibition that promises to visualise the past in a totally new way for the Heights of Abraham.
The estate first opened in 1787 and has been welcoming visitors ever since. This year the 60-acre estate is open during the February Half term holidays, then for long weekends (Fridays to Mondays) from 24th February to 24th March, then daily from 25th March until November 5th.
Heights of Abraham has many fascinating stories to tell, with links to the industrial revolution, tales of visits from royalty and a rich mining history. The new self-guided audio tour or heritage trail is a perfect place to start, revealing history at your own pace, whilst enjoying stunning views across the Derwent Valley as the narrations play through your own smart phone.
So much to see, do, and enjoy!
The Famous Cable Cars
Begin your day at the Heights of Abraham by taking a flight in one of the famous cable cars. Travel across the picturesque Derwent Valley in style and enjoy the views of Matlock Bath below. The journey takes you over 554ft upwards to the summit, 1000ft above sea level.
It’s not just the views from the cable car, there’s a new view around every corner once you reach the summit. Experience the Peak District surrounding this special hilltop estate, with views of peaks and valleys everywhere you look.
The Fabulous Show Caverns
Take a tour underground in Height of Abraham’s two famous show caverns. Follow one of the professional cavern guides deep into the hillside and learn tales of mining, history, geology, and tourism from those who know it best. After that, take a stroll across the landscaped gardens that portray both the dark and light Peak District to the new film theatre to learn more about the formation of the caverns and enjoy a newly updated film about the construction of the cable cars back in 1984.
A Mirror on the Past – Period Costume Exhibition
This fascinating exhibition opened at the Heights of Abraham last year and is a walk through time that 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. Informative digital displays throughout the exhibition space give a glance into what life was like for the visitors from the past.
The Vista Restaurant and Terrace Café at the Heights of Abraham are almost 1000ft above sea level. The exclusive Vista balcony gives views for miles across the valley, a great place to soak up the surroundings while enjoying a freshly made meal, accompanied by a local ale or gin. Or take a light lunch with friends in the downstairs café, with far-reaching views to enjoy with a hot drink and a delicious cake.
The Summit: Woodland Walks, Adventure Playground, Open Space Ideal For Picnicking
Enjoy the wide-open space and relaxing atmosphere of the summit. Feel the Derbyshire air fill your lungs as you breathe the spectacular scenery in. Walk the woodland paths and heritage trails of those from the past, with the first trees of the pleasure garden planted in the 18th Century. The adventure playgrounds also provide a welcome space for children to let of steam, with picnic benches nearby.
Don’t miss the willow sculptures by artist Caroline Gregson, installed in 2022. These fabulous structures capture important moments of the history of the Heights of Abraham, paused in time. For the kids, take a walk down into the woodland and spot the 12 new butterflies in the treetops. Further details about the new attractions along with all the other things to see and do can be found at www.heightsofabraham.com
Access to everything at the Heights estate is included in the cable car ticket, giving you entry to fascinating exhibitions, historic buildings, spectacular viewpoints and more. Entry to all seasonal events is also granted.
Advanced booking is strongly recommended. Online tickets are £23.50 per adult, £16.00 per child and £71.00 for a family of two adults and two children. Under 5’s go free. Carers to disabled guests are also admitted free of charge.
Guests who travel by bus or train are rewarded with a 20% discount on admission prices when booking in advance via the company’s website.
Annual passes are also on sale for unlimited visits throughout the year.