Seven Reasons Why

By J Farrington

4 September, 2021

As autumn sets in to stay, and the children have gone back to school, now is the time to plan your staycation. If you’re heading to the Derbyshire Peak District this September, here’s seven reasons why the Heights of Abraham is a must-see attraction.

#1. Travel on Britain's First Alpine Style Cable Car system. A rare mode of transport in Britain, the iconic cable cars were installed in 1984. Travel across the picturesque Derwent Valley in style. The journey takes you over 554ft upwards to the summit, 1000ft above sea level.

#2. The Peak District is all around! It's not just the views from the cable car, there's a new view around every corner. Experience the Peak District surrounding this special hilltop estate, with views of peaks and valleys wherever you look.


#3. A vast history. Holding a 230-year story the Heights tells many unexpected tales of heritage and history. The estate first opened in 1787 and has been welcoming visitors ever since. With links to the industrial revolution, visits from royalty and a rich mining history, listen to the new self-guided audio tour through your own mobile phone, to reveal history at your own pace.


#4. Take your high-up day deep down underground. Experience the Peaks from above and below in the two famous show caverns. 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.


#5. Dine at an amazing location. 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.


#6. Breathe in the fresh air and relax, nearby yet so far away. Enjoy the wide-open space and relaxing atmosphere of the summit. Feel the Derbyshire air fill your lungs as you breathe the spectacular scenery in. Walk the woodland paths and heritage trails of those from the past, with the first trees of the pleasure garden planted in the 18th Century. 


#7. It’s all included! Access to everything at the Heights estate is included in the cable car ticket, giving you entry to fascinating exhibitions, historic buildings, spectacular viewpoints and more. Entry to all seasonal events is also granted.


Times & Tickets          Interactive Estate Map          Dine at the Heights

Upcoming Events

25th Sept to 10th Oct – A Celebration of Food and Drink

Back by popular demand, the Heights of Abraham is celebrating all things food and drink between the 25th of September and the 10th of October. Take a cable car ride up to the 60-acre estate and enjoy a selection of tasty specials, great offers on dining, and more.

The event will feature and celebrate local suppliers from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. Special offers on food and drink will be available at the Heights of Abraham’s Vista Restaurant and Terrace Café.

Special dishes of the day will be available, plus gorgeous cakes, delightful local ales, and the return of the Vista Gin Bar to enjoy a drink on the balcony while looking over miles and miles of beautiful landscape.


25th September to 10th of October – Live Music at the Summit

Take a flight to the Heights of Abraham and join us for live music next to the Vista Garden Patio underneath our music tree, each weekend during the Celebration of Food and drink.

Enjoy a range of local up and coming artists playing acoustic sets at the summit while you relax and take in the views.

This event is part of the Celebration of Food and Drink taking place at the Heights until 10th October. Music between 12:00 and 2:00pm. Weather permitting.


24th October to 31st October – Frights of Abraham

The Frights of Abraham returns to Masson Hill this October half term. With an enchanted witches grotto, colourful scarecrow displays at the summit and in the wild woods, tasty Halloween treats in the cafe and a treasure hunt to find 13 magical black cats for younger guests.

The Good Witch of the West, Belinda Broomstick, invites children (with accompanying parents) to join her on a journey. Each child will be given their own magic wand of enchantment, and together with Belinda’s help the secret cauldron will be revealed and the treasure shared amongst the children. 

Admission to the Rutland Grotto (plus wand and cauldron gift) is subject to an additional charge.

The Heights of Abraham reserves the right to withdraw any event, facility or offer without prior notice.


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