Heights of Abraham
HEIGHTS OF ABRAHAM
Telephone: 01629 582 365.
Since first opening its gates to visitors in 1780 the Heights of Abraham has become one of the Peak District's most popular destinations. Originally the Heights of Abraham was only accessible to those few visitors who could scale the steep slopes of Masson Hill. In 1984 Britain's first alpine style cable car transport system was installed. Rising from the valley floor, the observation cars transport visitors in comfort and safety and allow stunning views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District.
Situated on the site of historic lead mining the Heights of Abraham originally opened as a Regency style 'Savage Garden'. Today the paths still follow many of the original routes around the 60 acres of Woodland hillside. Now, 200 years on, the planting scheme has matured, providing homes for a range of birds and wildlife.
The Heights of Abraham makes every effort to ensure that as many areas as possible are accessible to all visitors, but please be aware that due to the natural gradient of the site and formation of the caverns certain areas of the estate are inaccessible to wheelchairs and people with mobility issues or of limited vision.
The nearest car park is the railway station car park in Matlock Bath which is approximately 400m from the Cable Car Base Station. There are disabled parking bays adjacent to the railway crossing and a level walk adjacent to the railway.
The Cable Car Base station is accessed via a steep slope so is only suitable if you are able to walk that last short distance or have a strong pusher! The Cable Cars can, however, accommodate wheelchairs and pushchairs and the view is well worth the effort of getting there. Only one or two wheelchairs can be accommodated at a time during busy periods however. At the base station you will also find a portable loop hearing system and large print leaflets.
At the Summit
Once at the summit there is limited access, due to the very steep natural terrain at the Heights; however, there is access to our Who+Why=What! Exhibition, "Fossil Factory" Exhibition, the "Window on the Peak" Exhibition and "Through the Lens" film show of the Great Masson Cavern(please ask a tour guide for assistance), Vista Bar & restaurant, The Terrace Cafe and Gift Shops.
There is also access to the top of the amphitheatre which provides spectacular views across the valley.
A disabled toilet facility is available on the ground floor in the Tree Tops Centre and large print leaflets are available in the Gift Shop Reception here too. A Portable hearing loop is available on request.
Braille or large print resources are provided where possible and for the hard of hearing there are Loop Systems in key areas.
For families with pushchairs the majority of the site is accessible bearing in mind that due to the gradients an adult is required to be in charge of the pushchair.
The natural formation of the caverns is such that they are not suitable for people with walking difficulties, wheelchairs or people with visual impairment. However, there is access to watch the introductory film, which is shown prior to the tour of the Great Masson Cavern and does include a hearing loop. This film capture the essence of the underground tour experience, and ensures that all visitors have the opportunity to experience the natural wonders of the Great Masson Show Cavern.
If you do not suffer from mobility problems and have hearing disabilities please advise your guide who will supply a written safety briefing and script of the tours.
Scripts of the Cavern Tours are available in large and regular print.
The Caverns are not accessible with a pushchair, these maybe left at the entrance and collected at the end of the tour.