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Take your school group on a memorable cable car journey to a unique historical hilltop park with guided tours through underground caverns, and surprises around every corner.
Learn about the secret lives of trees and how they talk to each other. You can also hire this space for your own outdoor classroom lessons whilst visiting the Heights. (See Woodland page for details).
If you have a smart phone with you, you can take your pupils on a heritage trail through the hidden stories of the Heights, or play the narrations in the classroom before or after your visit (free wifi available).
Take your pupils underground for a guided tour through one or both of our illuminated show caverns to see fascinating geological features and learn the story of the miners who worked here.
You can't beat fresh air and open spaces to let off steam. The Heights has two adventure play areas, great picnic spots and woodland trails to ensure your visit is a great success. Use our interactive map to plan your visit in the classroom before you arrive.
The Heights is an all weather attraction with two indoor exhibitions telling the history of the estate and explaining some of the geology of the area, including some cool dinosaur fossils.
The Heights was built over 230 years ago for the enjoyment of Georgian tourists. When the show caverns opened up in the 1800s, the ex-miners didn’t take into account the needs of 21st Century visitors. Some areas of the grounds are steep and uneven, so you may need to keep your class under close supervision to avoid any scrapes and scratches! Accidents do happen no matter how hard you try to avoid them, so we have several trained first aiders on site to help you when an incident occurs.
All the facilities are open at the Heights, both inside and out. The entire estate is kept clean, and the team who work here follow social distancing guidelines. Our cavern tours are currently restricted to parties of 30 per tour. Please see our Covid Safety Features Video for a full briefing. The regulations affecting visitor attractions do change from time to time, so please do check back before your visit.
School visits are welcome on any operating day. The cable cars open at 10.00am every morning, and close at 4.30pm. Cavern tours last between 30 & 40 minutes. We recommend you allow at least three hours for your visit. The Heights of Abraham is open every day until the 31st of October 2021. School pupils qualify for a special rate of just £9.50 per pupil and one teacher / helper is admitted free for every ten pupils. All school visits must be booked in advance using the BOOK NOW link here.
There is a coach park within the Matlock Bath Railway Station car park. From here your pupils will be able to walk along the raised riverside walkway to the cable car entrance. For further travel information click on the link below.
We love to see the drawings, paintings, poems and stories written by pupils who visit us, and can feature many of them in our new Woodland Online Gallery. Read about how to submit work by visiting the Woodland Corner page, which also has a number of new schools resources listed.
We have a range of worksheets and activity resources available for teachers to use during a visit to the Heights. We're adding new ones all the time. Follow the link here to view and download worksheets currently available.
Children love the experience of travelling by train and there are great travel discounts for School Groups visiting the Heights. Groups of 10 or more can Save 26% on Train Travel along the Derwent Valley Line between Derby and Matlock. East Midlands Railway operate trains every hour between Derby and Matlock on the Derwent Valley Line, calling at Matlock Bath. The Heights of Abraham is just a five minute walk from Matlock Bath Station.
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