The Heights of Abraham
...celebrated cable cars!
Visit the Heights of Abraham this year and you will soon discover that the spectacular cable car ride high above the Derwent Valley is just the start of a truly unique day out.
Since being built in 1984 the cable car system has carried millions of visitors both young and old but the cable cars are one of only the latest chapters in the story of the Peak Districts oldest attraction. More recent developments include two exhibitions “Heath and Heaven” and “The Fossil Factory” and a state of the art light show deep underground in the Great Masson Cavern.
From the glow of a single miner’s candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour- changing lights, the new Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of the visit. Here you can learn all about the about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District.
Also in the Rutland cavern experience a day in the life of John the Miner, one of the very miners who made your trip possible. 2010 is the 200th anniversary of the Rutland Cavern being open to the public for the first time in 1810.
In addition to the exhibition chronicling the history of the estate, you will see two more exhibitions at the Heights. “Heath and Heaven” is a pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer’s day.
The stunning result is a giant patchwork of images enabling visitors to see a unique view of both the area’s landmarks and lesser known areas. “The Fossil Factory” brings to life the geological history of the area and in particular the cave system within the Heights of Abraham estate as well as being home to the real life remains of a giant Ichthyosaur.
It is definitely a must see, particularly for those unable to head underground to take the tour.
Should you get hungry lunch can be taken in The Terrace Coffee Shop which is open all day, every day serving snacks, cakes and fresh coffee and during busy periods the Summit Bar serves lunch.
Both have picture windows and terraces so whatever the weather you can sit back, relax and enjoy a stunning view of Derbyshire before heading off and exploring the rest of the site or browsing round the gift shops.
All up to date information can be found at www.heightsofabraham.com or by calling the 24 hour information line on 01629 582365.
At almost a thousand feet the Heights is home to some of the most stunning views of the Derwent Valley and beyond to Matlock and the wider Peak District. Its hilltop location and the resulting views bring people back time and time again.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015