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Celebrating our Visitors from the Past at the Heights of Abraham

Type:Historical Event

Derby Road
Matlock Bath
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Benjamin Bryan, (former Victorian owner of the Heights) and Derby visitor Abigail Brassington standing alongside another new attraction


Visitors to the Heights of Abraham this Spring are invited to hold a conversation with the past, as live actors, depicting characters from the estate’s 233 year history have been added to the summit team from now until Jubilee weekend (June 4th). 

Pictured: Benjamin Bryan, (former Victorian owner of the Heights) and Derby visitor Abigail Brassington standing alongside another new attraction, one of the five willow sculptures now on display at the award-winning hilltop park. 

Benjamin Bryan explains: “In my day, visitors had to climb up to the summit or travel by donkey, but these flying gondolas are amazing. A hundred and eighty years ago we would light fires on top of the tower to attract cavern tour customers, and it’s stupendous to see the tours are still as popular as ever”. 

Five specially commissioned willow sculpture pieces, created by Caroline Gregson, and the living history actors are part of the Heights’ celebration of visitors from the past, which culminates with the opening of a brand new exhibition in the refurbished Masson Pavilion in mid-May.

Mid 19th century visitor Abigail Brassington chose a tartan outfit for her day out. “It’s all the fashion in Derby,” she explained, “After Queen Victoria’s purchase of Balmoral, everyone’s besotted with anything Scottish!” She went on to confess she was a bit baffled by modern-day visitors, who kept pointing “little boxes” at her and asking about selfies. 

The live actors will be at the Heights Monday to Fridays until June 4th.

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  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • 1m distancing in place
  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Eat Out to Help Out
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors clearly marked for social distancing
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • One way system
  • Online booking only
  • Outside seating
  • Queuing system
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Socially distanced spaced seating
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Virtual menus


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups


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Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing


  • Parking with charge - Pay and display car park in the village.

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • WiFi or internet access

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

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Recent Reviews:

  • thehalls31
    Herefordshire, United Kingdom
    Gorgeous day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 24th June 2022
    This was the first day of our holiday in the Peak District and after seeing the Heights of Abraham on the TV I knew I would love to visit, It is a fabulous place to visit from the cable cars to the... Read full review
  • dave r
    Swansea, United Kingdom
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    Fabulous views
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 26th June 2022
    Go by public transport save 20%, book on line state your on public transport, you may need to show ticket at pay booth but ours wasn't checked, parking nearby is limited transpeak buses stop... Read full review
  • LynnTheMinx
    Enjoyable attraction but expensive food offerings
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 27th June 2022
    We enjoyed a family day out last Saturday, specifically requested by our 15 year old as a birthday treat. We took a picnic and really enjoyed the great cave tours and the museums etc. Dave who did... Read full review

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