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Heights of Abraham caverns and cable car, Matlock Bath

The Peak District covers much of Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. There are numerous interesting towns such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton, Leek, Matlock and Wirksworth, plus many enchanting villages

Heights of Abraham

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The Heights of Abraham are a tourist centre strategically placed at the top of a spur on one of the bends in the River Derwent, high above Matlock Bath and opposite High Tor. The position is a fine one and the hillside is covered in beech woods which give some attractive short walks. The hilltop is crowned by the Victoria Tower which offers excellent views of the River Derwent below and the countryside around. There is a cable car up to the Heights, starting from just upstream of Matlock Bath railway station.

The main feature of the Heights are two caverns which are open as show caves. Both of these, Rutland Cavern and Great Masson Cavern, are part natural and part lead mines. The Rutland cavern was known as the Nestus mine and is probably the oldest in the area, so old it may have been one of those worked by the Romans. It has several large chambers, a spring of clear water known as Jacob's Wishing Well, fine examples of fluorspar and other crystals and graffiti from the 16th century miners. The pick marks on the walls indicate that it was worked entirely by hand and some of the marks are almost certainly mediaeval.

Great Masson Cavern lies further up the hill near its summit and is another of the oldest mines in the Peak, following the line of the Great Rake - a seam of lead which cuts across the Derwent valley and continues across the countryside for many miles. The cavern follows the vein and is initially quite narrow, before emerging into several larger chambers and exiting higher up the hillside.

The cable railway to Heights of Abraham
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Matlock Bath
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How to get there

By Road:
The cable car is 200m from Matlock Bath railway station, on the A6 Derby-Matlock road just south of Matlock. It is simplest to park at the station car park and walk to the cable car station.

By Bus: the Trans-Peak Derby-Manchester bus passes the cable car station and connects to Buxton and Bakewell. From Chesterfield, the 17 bus takes you to Matlock - then either take the train or pick up the Trans-Peak bus.

By Train: regular trains run from Derby to Matlock, stopping at Matlock Bath.
When is it open?

Open from 11th February - 26th February and 27th March to 5th November, 10.00am to 4.30pm, later during school holidays. The last cable car up is 30 minutes before closing time.

What does it cost?

As a guideline, an adult ticket for both cable car and cavern was £16 in early 2017. However, Heights of Abraham say they change their prices at any time, so the only accurate prices available are on their website. Follow the link below.

Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary. See this link for more information on prices and opening


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