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The Heights of Abraham.
Cable cars, show caves, gardens and more at Matlock Bath.
People are always surprised how much there is to do here. In recent times, the Heights has become rightly famous for its landmark cable car system - the first of its kind in the whole of the British Isles, but there is lots more to your visit than a cable car ride, and for visitors who only have a day here, the Heights is one place where you can get a real flavour of the true Peak District. Set high on top of a limestone gorge, with the river Derwent at its feet, the estate is surrounded by some of the area's most beautiful scenery.
Since first opening to visitors in 1780 the Heights of Abraham has remained one of the Peak District's most appealing destinations where stunning natural beauty is matched by human achievement and where the historic blends seamlessly with the futuristic. Today the Heights is rightly famous for its landmark cable car which provides a spectacular journey across the Derwent Valley with stunning views.
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At the summit people can experience a unique blend of attractions. There are guided tours down the Great Masson Cavern where, from the glow of a single candle to the whole chamber being flooded with light, its million year history is revealed before exiting further up the hillside to enjoy the magnificent panorama from the Tinker's Shaft viewing point. For hundreds of years this part of our estate on the Masson Hill was a hive of industrial activity and lead mining. This created a unique landscape and habitat which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit 'The Long View', see and hear our 230 year story about why the estate has been a favorite place to visit for many generations.
On the upper floor our Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. There is also a film presentation showing how the Heights' own show caverns were formed, and the chance to get up close to the fossilized remains of our giant Ichthyosaur, which was over 3 metres long and alive at the same time as the Dinosaurs... not be missed!
Here are also shops, play areas and numerous picnic spots to discover, and if you feel hungry the Vista Bar and Restaurant is a great place to eat, drink and enjoy stunning views in acres of beautiful woodland.
For full information, please visit the Heights of Abraham web site where you will find up to date information on events, opening hours and prices - http://www.heightsofabraham.com