On Bank Holiday, we decided to take a family trip to the Heights of Abraham. We had never been before but as an iconic Derbyshire attraction, we thought we should give it a go!
As you can imagine on a sunny Bank Holiday in Matlock Bath, parking wasn't easy but we eventually managed to find a parking space at a nearby car park and headed to the attraction.
We queued for our tickets and then for the cable cars and we were on our way. The cable cars were very exciting as you go so high up! Although they travel slow, being that high does give you a bit of an adrenalin rush!
When we got to the top, Lola dashed straight onto one of the adventure playgrounds! Then we got in the queue for the Masson Caves. These were super impressive! Our tour guide Gemma, was very knowledgeable and friendly and gave us all of the history of the caves with interesting facts and tales! The tour suits many ages because the kids seemed to find it just as fascinating as the adults.
After the cave tour we had a wander round the site and if we have one tip it is to make sure you have some kind of camera with you because the views are absolutely spectacular.
There is a lovely cafe where you can purchase hot meals, snacks and ice cream. There's also plenty of areas that you can take a picnic but we opted for good old fish and chips in Matlock Bath before heading up here!
Lola loved the fossil and rock shop and with so much choice, she took a looong time to decide what to buy! The prices are very reasonable so if your little ones have a few pounds pocket money to spend they can do so in the fossil shop or the little gift shop next to the cafe.
We found another outdoor play area so Lola let off some steam there whilst mum and dad had a sit down in the sunshine! Then, after some obilgatory ice creams, we made our descent back down in the cable cars.
All in all we had a great day at the Heights of Abraham and we think that if you combine with a wander around Matlock Bath, you have yourself a great family day out!
What Lola (aged 9) thought:
"I thought it was cool. The cable cars were good even though they go slow. My favourite was the cave especially when they turned the lights off for a few seconds and it was pitch black! The play areas were fun too and I liked the big slides. It was good spending my pocket money in the rock and fossil shop because I like collecting things like that and there was a lot of choice for me that weren't too expensive. I would like to go back again sometime."
We really hope that you find this website useful in helping you plan a family day out. Whilst we try our absolute hardest to ensure all of the information is correct and up to date, we highly recommend you call ahead of any planned visit to check opening times and prices etc. We don't want any disappointed families! (Oh and check the weatherbefore you set off!)