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.

Historical Buxton

There is much of historical interest in Buxton also. For example, the magnificent Crescent which is currently being renovated was built in 1780 and contains the Natural Baths which are located on the site of the original Roman Baths. The historic Old Hall Hotel dates back to 1573 when the captive Mary Queen of Scots stayed at the hotel and sampled the healing properties of Buxton’s famous spa water. In 1636 the philosopher Thomas Hobbes named the ‘Seven Wonders of the Peak’, two of which are found in Buxton; Poole’s Cavern and St Anne’s Well. 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 , a wealth of independent and high street shopping opportunities, an ever expanding choice of cafes, bars and restaurants, and you begin to see why there really is something of a renaissance. Visit Poole’s Cavern show caves or the high thrills of Go Ape’s aerial rope walks. Buxton is also home to an Adventure Festival which includes a regular programme of events throughout the year. 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.


Xmas Events

Feeling Festive? We have Christmas Fairs, Markets, Carol Concerts, Christmas Lights, Santa, Festive Tram Tours and of course the Pantomime!   For a summary of Xmas events so far (more to come!) click here

Useful Information

Town Map, Buxton Town Video, To download Town Guide Click here , Parking Map click here For other useful information about Buxton click here  

Discover Buxton Xmas Tours 2016

***Still a few places left on the Festive Tram Tour and the Victorian Conversation!*** Take a break from the preparations of Christmas …

Buxton Xmas Events 2016

    There is lots going on in Buxton to celebrate Xmas – read on… Pantomime: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs …

Vera Brittain tour!

Discover Buxton has a new tour guide – Vera Brittain! During the summer of 1915, Vera Brittain spent three months at The …

Year of the Garden 2016 – Tours

Tours of Pavilion Gardens  To mark the 300th anniversary of ‘Capability’ Brown this year has been designated the Year of the Garden! Here …

Buxton Market

Buxton Town Team launched the new market on Saturday 30th April 2016! The regular market held on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the year …

Spa town success puts Buxton in the lead

Buxton’s ambition to become “England’s Leading Spa Town” is becoming a reality, a campaigning community group claims. Vision Buxton, the town’s volunteer …

Audio and Visual Archive of Buxton

Buxton’s Present from the Past Project Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Buxton and District U3A, Discover Buxton, Liz Mackenzie the Community Officer …