School trip to The Heights of Abraham
Since first opening its gates to visitors in 1780’s the Heights of Abraham has become one of the Peak District’s most popular destinations.
The Cable Car
Originally the Heights of Abraham was only accessible to visitors who could scale the steep slopes of Masson Hill. In 1984 Britain’s first alpine style cable car transport system was installed. Rising from the valley floor, the observation cars transport you in comfort and safety and allow stunning views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District.
When the cable car arrives at the summit you have access to all the facilities at the Heights of Abraham, including the two show caverns.
The Heights of Abraham originally opened as a Georgian ‘savage garden’ with zig-zag paths leading from the village in the valley to the summit on Masson hill. Today, you arrive by cable car and there is much more to see and do but the paths still follow many of the original routes around the estate.
Your guide will take you on a fascinating journey through their spectacular cavern system as it winds its way deep underground and into the hillside.
It is said that the lead mining in this area began in Roman times, reaching its heyday in the 17th Century. The miners are now long gone but in the process of excavating the rich mineral deposits they left behind a large network of naturally formed caverns and passageways dating back millions of years. Now, regular guided tours allow you to retrace the miners’ footsteps for yourself.
The Masson Cavern
Experience first hand their spectacular cavern system as it winds its way deep underground and into the hillside. With the help of a state of the art lighting installation your guide will take you on a fascinating journey. From the light of a miner’s candle to the whole chamber being flooded with colour you will see and hear all about the cavern’s 350 million year history.
Here, young and old alike can head underground to experience a day in the life of a 17th Century lead mining family. Once underground, John the miner tells his story recreating the atmosphere, sights and sounds of a working day.
School educational visits
They have a unique blend of natural and social history, science, geology, technology and interpretation.
Benefits for Educational Bookings
- 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 pre-booked)
- Downloadable risk assessment
Free Educational Resources
We know that organising a visit is not an easy task. With this in mind they have recently worked with local teachers to make brand new Educational Resources containing information, activities and work sheets.
The resources are split into Key stage 1 & Key stage 2 and downloadable by clicking the links below.
You may notice some worksheets are repeated to enable use for both Pre-Visit and Post-Visit.