If I’m being honest, I had never heard of The Heights of Abraham before, which is surprising because not only is it full of history, it is also a spot of natural beauty and has one rather unusual feature that really seems to draw in the crowds. A cable car ride up to it!
Now call me child-like but I was rather excited about the concept of a cable car – it reminds me of trips to Alton Towers when I was a child. I have to say the view from this one was a lot better, it’s a stunning view of the surrounding countryside. The charge for going in the cable car might seem a bit steep (pardon the pun) at £14.50 a person, but when you see what that includes when you get to the top it’s more than worth it.
Once you arrive at the top of this beautiful cliff there is so much to see and do. The main draw are the caves. There are guided tours of two of the caves that go on throughout the day. Both are interesting, fun and stunningly beautiful. Unfortunately I left the battery for my camera at home so I had to take pictures on my iPhone which really doesn’t do them justice. There is so much industrial and social history here and the modern-day lighting shows how simply gorgeous the caves are. Extra kudos to our guides who were both excellent despite unruly children and very busy groups. The caves do have a lot of steps and the floor is often uneven so if for any reason you don’t feel up to it there is a film of the tours showing in a near by pavilion.
The long view is a surprisingly excellent exhibition dedicated to the history of the area, including how it was used in the industrial days of old and how it became a popular tourist attraction for the Victorians. There is also a lot of information (and a cute little shop) about the kind of rock and fossils they used to bring up here from the mines. It’s also where I found out my Boyfriend used to collect rocks when he was younger, being the ultimate nerd I can’t say I was that surprised. Last year on our anniversary I also found out that he also used to be (and secretly still is) a massive steam train nerd after I took him to The National Railway Museum. I wonder if discovering part of his geeky past is going to be somewhat of an aniversary tradition?