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. 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.
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