The Fossil Factory

With two caverns to explore, guided by cave experts with a passion for geology and social history, the Heights of Abraham is a hub of geological interest. The Fossil Factory provides even more information for those who just can’t get enough of rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District.

A long time ago, 330 million years in fact, Matlock Bath would have been deep underwater. If you imagine a tropical island with coral reefs and deep blue waters full of fish, this is what Matlock Bath would have looked like. There were big clam-like species living in the water and sea lilies decorated the rocks. Find out how the Derbyshire Dales evolved from this ocean paradise into the hilly paradise it is today by watching our film presentation.

Not only is there a wealth of information to be discovered, the Fossil Factory also provides visitors with a chance to get up close and personal with our collection of fossilised remains, including a giant Ichthyosaur which is around three metres long- touching is encouraged! We have free fossil rubbing equipment for anyone who wishes to take home a memento of the fossils they have seen whilst at the Heights. The Rockshop is located next door for any rock-themed gift you could need!