What makes the Heights of Abraham such a special place to visit?
The Cable Cars
Britain's first-ever alpine style cable car system has transported millions of visitors since opening in 1984. Watch a video of the cable cars in action here.
The Heights gets its name from a historic battle fought on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec in 1759 that led to a brief period of British supremacy in North America.
Victoria Prospect Tower
Queen (then Princess) Victoria travelled by donkey to the top of the Heights in the early 1830s. A few years later, recently redundant lead miners were retained through the winter to build the prospect tower in her honour.
The Savage Garden
In 1780 30 acres of Masson hill was enclosed to form what is now the heart of the Heights estate, which opened to the public some seven years later.
The Vista Restaurant
The Vista Restaurant & Bar with its contemporary design and balconies that open out onto the spectacular and far-reaching views across the Derwent Valley.
Ever since Roman times, the land on Masson Hill has been used by miners hoping to earn a living by extracting lead from the hillside. Over hundreds of years, this activity created a unique landscape and habitat, which has since been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (an SSSI).
The Great Masson Cavern and the Rutland Cavern Tours
The Great Rutland and Great Masson Caverns were transformed from working lead mines to tourist attractions in the early part of the 19th century. Tours take place daily during the open season.