Days Out

The Heights Of Abraham, Matlock Bath Review


Reviewed by Gemma F

Established in 1787, Matlock Bath’s The Heights of Abraham are steeped in mining history. They first opened as a Georgian pleasure garden and remain a favourite destination for a fantastic day out. In the 1980’s the addition of cable cars made the attraction more accessible and fun for all.

The Heights of Abraham are easily accessed by car and rail. The train station in Matlock Bath is a short stroll away from attraction’s entrance and the car park is next door. As we arrived at The Heights of Abraham we were greeted by warm and welcoming reception kiosk staff and immediately entered the short queue for the cable cars. The cable car is suitable for up six persons of all ages, including your four legged friends! The view from the cable car is spectacular and offers far reaching views of the Peak District and Matlock Bath. We disembarked from the cable cars and immediately noticed how contemporary and clean the attraction is, with a modern main building and excellent play areas to explore. Confident and knowledgeable guides are on hand to offer advice as you enter and we set off to explore the play areas first. The two play areas are brilliant fun and well equipped for children of all ages. Every area of The Heights of Abraham offers incredible views and visitors are spoilt for picnic spot choices. If you are lucky enough to visit on a warm and sunny day there are numerous ice cream stops which were delicious!

There are clean and modern bathroom facilities on site. Our next stop was The Great Masson Cavern Tour, led by an enthusiastic tour guide, it took us on a journey through the caves. We particularly liked the light show which added to the drama of the setting. There is another cavern tour further down the hillside and this is much shorter and less physically demanding, which may be better for much younger visitors. The attraction site is, at times, very steep and would not be suitable for some visitors as the pathways and steps require stamina and strong legs.

The main visitor building is great. It houses a well-stocked gift shop, a cafe, bar, and restaurant. The Terrace Café offered cakes, drinks and light lunches which were generous and freshly made. There is plenty of outdoor seating and it is the perfect place to take in the view and rest your legs! If you are looking for a more formal meal the Vista Restaurant on the top floor is a super option for a special lunch. Before heading home we visited the museum and film theatre which provide further information about the history of this place and were well presented.

The town of Matlock Bath is within walking distance if you wish to extend your stay in this town and enjoy the tourist friendly high street. The Heights of Abraham have various special events planned through the year and they look great fun.

I would recommend The Heights of Abraham to physically fit visitors of all ages who are looking for an experience that is both fun and educational. The cable car journey is wonderful and unique, and The Heights of Abraham is a great way to enjoy a day out.

Rating: 4/5
Tickets cost from £21.50 for a child and £28.50 for an adult. Family tickets are available.
The Heights of Abraham, Dale Road, Matlock Bath. DE4 3NT.
01629 582365.

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