Heights of Abraham Review

Heights of Abraham Review

We’re a family of four with two girls (aged 11 and 8) and we had a brilliant full day out at the Heights of Abraham.

Signposts from the main road point visitors to park at the pay & display car park at Matlock Bath train station (a 5 minute walk from the ticket office) but we managed to find free parking on the road.

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A family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) on the day was £80. You can upgrade to an annual pass for £160. Adding in an additional child was £10 extra and under 5s are free. Tickets are a few pounds cheaper if you book online in advance (a family ticket is then £77), so it’s definitely worth planning ahead. The ticket price includes the journey to and from the top on the cable car, a guided group tour of the lead mine caverns, access to the playgrounds and the exhibitions on the history of the Heights of Abraham. We were offered a guide book for an additional £2.50 but found the free map to be really helpful.

You can buy tickets here.

Heights of Abraham Review

The cable car moves quickly when you’re aboard – but still leaves plenty of time to take in the amazing panoramic views. When we got off we were greeted by a tour guide who pointed out the key places we might like to go to whilst there. The last cable car back down was at 5pm, but this varies depending on the season.

The views from the top are quite breathtaking. We could see over to Bakewell, Riber Castle and the River Derwent winding away in the distance.

Heights of Abraham Review

Lead mine cavern tours were being held every 20 minutes, with no need to pre book. The tour also took about 20 minutes and children of all ages were engaged and enjoying it as our tour guide was very entertaining! The ceilings were 5 foot high at some points so we had to duck down to get through. The steps were also quite steep and the floor uneven. On this basis, people who are unsteady on their feet might prefer to watch the video of the tour that was available and give the actual tour a miss.

Heights of Abraham Review

We spent quite a bit of time in the different play areas, which catered for varied age ranges. We also climbed the Victoria Prospect Tower. Our step count was very good for the day!

There is a coffee van on site, an ice cream hut (selling locally made and very sizeable ice creams!), a restaurant and also a big cafe. We took a packed lunch and there were lots of different seating areas to eat it in. The children loved the gift shops – particularly having the chance to select as many gems as they could fit into a little draw string bag for the cost of £4.50.

Despite it being the Easter holidays, queues to get tickets were short and it didn’t feel overly busy. The staff were fantastic on the day. They helped us on and off the cable cars, were friendly and very knowledgable. We loved it!

Lizzie Perks
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