Here’s when Matlock Bath cable cars and Heights of Abraham will welcome back visitors

Families will be able to fly high in Matlock Bath’s famous cable cars from April 12 when the award-winning visitor attraction Heights of Abraham reopens after lockdown.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 5:30 am
Cable cars at The Heights of Abraham will be running again from April 12, 2021.
Cable cars at The Heights of Abraham will be running again from April 12, 2021.

A new Outdoor Period cable car ticket has been launched for the new season, enabling access to the hilltop park, two adventure playgrounds, heritage trails, gardens and viewpoints. The Outdoor Period will run from April 12 to at least May 16.

Rupert Pugh, director, said: “We are delighted that our cable car flights are taking off in April and can’t wait to welcome guests back to the Heights.”

Visitors will be able to soar between the treetops, admire cliff faces and a hilltop castle and lap up the surrounding scenery before coming back down to earth at the summit of the 60-acre estate.

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Wide open spaces, woodland walks and zig-zag paths at the Heights of Abraham make it the perfect destination for adventurous families looking for a day out where they can explore and let off steam.

The Vista Restaurant, Bar and Terrace Café will be open for take-away, outdoor and terrace dining and refreshment. New sheltered areas have been constructed for families to meet and take in the views of the spectacular Derwent Valley.

My Pugh said: “Over the winter we have continued to make improvements to the estate, and I am especially pleased with the new sheltered terraces. It’s only taken 150 years for these to come back into fashion here at the Heights, and I’m sure the Victorians would approve!”

Two historical landmarks will be fully accessible. The Victoria Prospect Tower, built in 1844, offers stunning open-air views of the countryside, while the Tinkers Shaft, which at more than 1000ft is the estate’s highest point above sea level, recreates the early mining equipment used to haul lead from the caverns below.

A new audio trail will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the heritage and history and estate via their own smartphones at 14 locations throughout the park.

Children can test their observational skills with an outdoor activity leaflet featuring puzzles, a nature trail and I-SPY challenge.

All picnic sites will be open, and guests are welcome to bring their own food or buy from the café.

Visitors will be able to browse gemstones, Blue John jewellery and buy souvenirs from The High Falls, Summit and Tavern gift shops.

Cavern tours and indoor exhibition areas will remain closed for the time being.

The resort has introduced a limited daily capacity to effectively manage social distancing.

Ticket prices will be £14 for adults, £10 for children aged five to 15 and free admission for visitors aged four years and under. For tickets, go to

The Heights of Abraham scooped Visit Britain’s gold visitor attraction award on three successive years up to 2019 and Visit England’s Good to Go Award 2021 for safe operation during the pandemic.

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