Heights of Abraham
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Historic lead mines dating to Roman times
The views across the Derwent river valley are wonderful, but further sights await underground. For once you alight from your cable car, you can visit not one, but two showcaves, and explore 60 acres of grounds, with winding trails through attractively woodland. There are also children's play areas and educational exhibits to learn about the geology of the region and the formation of the caves, as well as showcasing some of the fossils that have been found here.
The Victoria Prospect Tower offers excellent views across the estate. The Tower was erected in 1844 to celebrate the reign of Queen Victoria and to provide employment for miners who were made redundant when the estate became a pleasure ground.
Lead mining began at Matlock in Roman times and continued for almost the next 2000 years, and the cavern tours reflect this long history. There are 2 caves; the Great Massom Cavern and the Rutland Cavern. In the latter cave, you get to experience a day in the life of a 17th-century lead-mining family. This is a real educational experience and brings home just how hard the life of a miner was through the eyes of one mining family.
Near the exit of Great Masson Cavern is Tinker's Shaft viewing area, a platform offering stunning views across the Derwent Valley. Beneath the viewing area is a maze of tunnels, and interpretive panels tell the story of the geology of the area and the changes in the landscape that have taken place over thousands of years.
We visited with our 2 young children and enjoyed the experience enormously. The cable car ride is a wonderful experience, with fantastic views across the surrounding countryside, and though our tour of the showcaves was a little crowded due to visiting at a busy time of year, our guide was very good, and the caves were extremely impressive.
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About Heights of Abraham
Address: Dale Road, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, England, DE4 3NT
Attraction Type: Family Attraction
Location: On the A6, 18 miles north of Derby. Entrance is about 400m from Matlock Bath rail station.
Website: Heights of Abraham
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Peak Cavern - 0.3 miles (Family Attraction)
Masson Mills - 0.7 miles (Historic Building)
Cromford Mills - 0.9 miles (Historic Building)
Cascades Gardens - 1 miles (Garden)
Bonsall, St James Church - 1.1 miles (Historic Church)
Winster Market House - 3.7 miles (Historic Building)
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