Region: East Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Matlock Bath, , Derbyshire DE4 3NT

Contact: 01629 582365



The Heights of Abraham provides a day out with a high educational value complying with the current National Curriculum. We have a unique blend of natural and social history, science, geology, technology and interpretation.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Since first opening to visitors in 1780 the Heights of Abraham has remained one of the Peak District’s most appealing destinations where stunning natural beauty is matched by human achievement and where the historicblends seamlessly with the futuristic.

Today the Heights is rightly famous for its landmark cable car which provides a spectacular journey acrossthe Derwent Valley. At the summit you can experience a unique blend of attractions.  There are guided tours down the Great Masson Cavern where, from the glow of a single candle to the whole chamber being flooded with light, its million year history is revealed before exiting further up the hillside to enjoy the magnificent panorama from the Tinker’s Shaft viewing point.

A virtual tour of the cavern is also available

Exhibitions and films demonstrate why the Heights has been a favorite place to visit for many generations, there are also shops, play areas and numerous picnic spots to discover, and enjoy stunning views in acres of beautiful woodland.


•    DISCOUNTED Cable Car Tickets on pre-booked groups of 15 or more.

•    FREE adult Cable Car Ticket with every 10 children/students.

•    FREE downloadable educational resources.

•    Pre-visit, Visit & Post-visit education resource pack with lesson plans.

•    FREE familiarisation Cable Car Ticket for education group organisers (Please note - this must be


•    Downloadable risk assessment.

We know that organising a visit is not an easy task. With this in mind you can download our up to date Educational Pack containing information, activities and work sheets by following the links on our Education page, on our website.

We have a unique blend of natural and social history, science, geology, technology and interpretation.

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What size groups do they cater for?

We cater for groups of 15 or more, but may ask your party to split into smaller groups. To discuss availability further, please contact

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We have recently worked alongside local teachers to make brand new educational resources that are exactly what a teacher is looking for to make their job easier. We have split the resources into key stage 1 & key stage 2. We are also happy to work with you to make other customized worksheets that you may require, please contact for more details:

The educational resources are downloadable FREE from our website on the Education page.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Children and Teachers are permitted to take photos, video and audio for educational, personal, non-commercial use.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Group leaders are encouraged to take advantage of a free pre-visit and carry out their own risk assessment if necessary. Otherwise we do have a ready-made copy, also downloadable from our website on the ‘Education’ page.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Mr. Dominic Ainsworth

Please contact via e-mail with code UKST:

What does it cost?

Cable Car Ticket School Group Prices 2017 (15 or more)

Adult: £12.50

Child: £8.80

Accompanying Teacher FREE (one per 10 children)

Is specific clothing required?

The caves are a constant 10*C so a jumper is advisable. There are good pathways and steps throughout the caverns, however sensible sturdy shoes are advisable, and no high heels! Trainers are ample.

Do you have first aid on site?

All our senior staff are first aid trained and contactable by any member of our team.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

There are shops selling a range of pocket money items up to £5, super play areas and numerous picnic spots to discover. We have an amphitheater and small marquee for schools to use as areas for packed lunches and outdoor learning.

Are there disabled facilities?

The Heights of Abraham makes every effort to ensure that as many areas as possible are accessible to all visitors, but please be aware that due to the natural gradient of the site and formation of the caverns certain areas of the estate are inaccessible to wheelchairs and people with mobility issues or of limited vision.

For more information please visit our website: Accessibility page

What are your opening days and hours?

Opening Dates 2017 

11th February - 26th February Daily

March (Weekends Only)

27 March - 5 November Daily

Please visit our website for more information.

Coach Driver Benefits:

•    Free Cable Car Ticket and refreshment voucher for Coach Driver.
•    Up to £10 off the price of parking (£10 will cover 1 days’ worth)

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Caves & Caverns Historical Heritage Museums Outdoor Education Parks and Gardens Science & Technology Team Building Walking Tours Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Design and Technology English Geography ICT Leisure & Tourism Mathematics Science

Months Open: February March April May June July August September October November