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The Heights of Abraham – What’s New for 2022?

As Britain’s first alpine-style cable car, The Heights of Abraham in Matlock, just 20 miles from Buxton, offers a different way to enjoy the picturesque vista of the Derwent Valley and Derbyshire hills below. The award winning attraction offers more things to do than ever before with several new additions for 2022; a brand new film theatre, a new butterfly and nature trail, a collection of stunning willow sculptures and the newly renovated Masson Pavilion housing a fantastic period costume exhibition celebrating their visitors from the past.

The 554ft cable car is just the beginning of the adventure! High Tor, the imposing limestone crag which overlooks Matlock soon comes into view as you take the flight to the top. Matlock Bath’s Victorian spa town charm can really be appreciated during the ride. The summit rewards with 360° views of the magnificent Derwent Valley below.

Experience the Peaks from above and below in the two famous show caverns, once used for mining Lead ore and Fluorspar, until the 1700s. Follow one of the professional cavern guides into the hillside and learn tales of mining, history, geology, and tourism from the experts who know it best. 

So what’s new?

The exhibition ‘A Mirror on the Past’, showcases reproductions of period costumes worn by the Georgian, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian guests who visited the Heights of Abraham between 1787 and 1910. The exhibition is housed inside the Masson Pavilion which has recently undergone a major transformation. Modern day guests will be able to walk back through time and come face to face with visitors of the past, whilst learning a little about the social and working conditions of their time. What do you wear on a day out in Derbyshire, and how has the way we dress changed over the centuries?

The pretty woodland paths across the estate have plenty to offer if you want to enjoy the outdoor areas – new for 2022 is the Butterfly and Nature Trail. Young visitors are invited to take the trail and see how many UK butterflies they can spot hiding in the trees, and learn about their migration patterns and how they live. While you’re exploring, don’t miss Tinker’s Shaft and Prospect Tower.

Another new addition is the High Falls Film Theatre. Here you can learn more about how the show caves here were formed or how the cable cars were built. The new Cable Car Story film has been produced and narrated by the BBC’s Tom Ingall.

Dining with spectacular views, almost 1000ft above sea level

The Vista Restaurant at the Heights of Abraham is almost 1000ft above sea level. The exclusive balcony gives views for miles across the valley, a great place to soak up the surroundings while enjoying a freshly made meal, accompanied by a local ale or gin. The family friendly Terrace Café below offers snacks and light lunches.

New events for 2022

The Punch and Judy Summer Spectacular, created to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee is on every day until 4th September. Take a seat at the summit and watch as Mr Punch returns centre stage to his new tale! You might want to grab a front row set in case Her Majesty turns up…A perfect show for all the family. Showtimes every day are 11.30, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

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From 22nd – 30th October, there’s Hallowe’en half term fun to look forward to. Enjoy scary scarecrow and pumpkin decorations and Hallowe’en treats for the little ones to enjoy in the Terrace Café.

In the Hallowe’en Grotto, join Lady Lettuce Lavine on a quest through the newly discovered time portal in the Rutland Cavern to hunt for the sleeping spirit! Once awake, what secrets will he reveal? Limited availability, reserve your tickets here.

Access to everything at the Heights estate is included in the cable car ticket and entry to all events is included.

Advanced booking is strongly recommended. Tickets booked online are £23 per adult, £15 per child and £69 for a family of two adults and two children. Under 5’s go free. Carers to disabled guests are also admitted free of charge. Tickets are available to purchase at the gate for £24per adult, £15.50 per child and £71 for a family of four.

Guests who travel by bus or train are rewarded with a 20% discount on admission prices when booking in advance via their website.

Annual passes are also on sale for unlimited visits throughout the year.

The Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3NT