Welcome to Buxton
Tourists have been coming to Buxton and the Peak District since the 14th Century and it’s not surprising that Buxton is today one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Peak District. Within an hour’s drive of Manchester, Sheffield, Derby and Stoke, its famous Georgian and Victorian architecture provides an impressive backdrop to a rich and vibrant range of music, theatre and festivals.
The Buxton Festival of World Cinema takes place around March/April, with the Big Session Festival of folk music in April/May. July brings the Buxton Festival of Opera, Music and Literature, the Buxton Well-Dressing Festival, Buxton Fringe Festival and the Buxton Military Tattoo. In August the Family Festival provides fun for all the family.
There is much of historical interest in Buxton also. The magnificent Crescent was built in 1780, the Old Hall Hotel dates back to 1573 when the captive Mary Queen of Scots stayed at the hotel. These and other places of interest are on the Heritage Trail which you can follow or take a guided Wonder of the Peak Tram Tour of the town or join one of Discover Buxton tours character guides for a unique peek into the past.
Outdoors, Shopping, Food and Drink
Added to all this there is the stunning ornamental Pavilion Gardens , Poole’s Cavern show caves or the high thrills of Go Ape’s aerial rope walks. Buxton is the Gateway to the Peak District, and it’s a great base for all the huge range of outdoor activities that the National Park has to offer, but there’s so much going on in the town itself that you might find yourself hard pressed to leave.
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Theatre – “Spamalot” Tues 16th – Sat 20th Jan, Buxton Opera House
Pavilion Gardens – winter closure – The building will close to the public on Christmas Eve and re-open on February 1. The lakeside kiosk and car park public toilets will remain open from 10am to 4pm between December 26 and January 31.
Tourist information will be available via an electronic touchscreen and leaflet kiosk in the conservatory between 10am and 4pm from December 26 until January 31. Information will also be provided by telephone and email between 10am and 2pm from January 2 until January 31.
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