Tavern & Gift Shop

The Tavern is located next to the Rutland Cavern on the lower slopes of the Heights and contains a small gift shop and sells refreshments and ices.


The Tavern is where the first visitors who used to walk up to the Heights would come for a well-deserved pint or refreshment break before heading down into the Rutland cavern. Despite boasting the oldest alcohol license in Matlock Bath, the Tavern cannot currently sell alcohol due to the Covid regulations in place. (You can order alcohol when sat at a table in the Vista restaurant areas or Terrace café at the summit). 

The Tavern is currently serving ice cream, soft drinks and confectionary. It also has a fabulous display of souvenir goods. 

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All those years ago, the Tavern was no more than a small hut selling beer and bar snacks, but when the Heights increased in popularity a larger timber structure was built. This was later replaced by the building in use today.

So, before or after your tour of the Great Rutland Cavern stop, relax and enjoy a soft drink or an ice cream. Spend the time with your family and friends, and see for yourself why the Heights is a place that has been enjoyed for over 230 years.