Welcome to Buxton!
Tourists have been coming to Buxton since the 14th Century and it’s not surprising that it 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 art, music, theatre and festivals. Check out our festivals pages for more information or to see the year at a glance, click here.
There is much of historical interest in Buxton due to the healing properties of its famous thermal, spa waters, known today and bottled as Buxton Water. The Natural Baths are located on the site of original Roman Baths which are thought to be located on the site of an ancient shrine. Located near the heart of a Norman, royal hunting forest, Buxton has been the playground of Kings. The historic Old Hall Hotel dates back to 1573 when the captive Mary Queen of Scots stayed in the Tudor tower to ‘take the water cure’. 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.
We also have world-class architecture. The magnificent Crescent, which is currently being renovated, was built in the 1780s, the largest unsupported dome in the world was added to the Great Stables in 1880 and the stunning Buxton Opera House was built in 1901, designed by Frank Matcham. These and other places of interest are on the Heritage Trail in our free town guide or you can take a guided tour of the town on the unique ‘Wonder of the Peak’ Tram. You can also experience the past with one of Discover Buxton Tours’ character guides or head for the Buxton Museum & Art Gallery to see archaeological artefacts for yourself.
Added to all this, are the stunning, ornamental Pavilion Gardens, landscaped in 1871, the Buxton Country Park and other parks and woodlands. You can visit Poole’s Cavern, our famous limestone show cave, experience the high thrills of Go Ape’s aerial rope walks or the fast thrills of Buxton Raceway.
Shopping, Food & Drink
Buxton offers a wealth of independent and high street shopping opportunities, an ever expanding choice of cafés, bars and restaurants, and a year-round programme of fairs and markets. Head to the Springs Shopping Centre, the atmospheric Cavendish Arcade in the old Hot Baths, under The Arches of an old mill or up to Higher Buxton for a traditional market town experience.
Buxton is twinned with Oignies in France and Bad Nauheim in Germany.
The commune of Oignies (Wa-nee) is a former coal-mining town in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, 20km south of Lille. Its link with Buxton dates back to World War II… In May 1940, six soldiers from Buxton were among eighteen Sherwood Foresters killed and buried in Oignies. They died in action, fighting to slow the German army’s advance towards Dunkirk. Their resistance, at a key crossing over the canal, bought vital time for the evacuation. On 28th May, the Nazis entered Oignie, burning houses and shooting citizens in revenge. Following the war, Oignies became the first ‘Ville Martyr’ (martyred town).
The towns were twinned following a visit to Oignie by three members of the Royal British Legion. The French town always tended their graves and held an annual commemoration ceremony on 28th May – and in 1965 this was attended by three former comrades of the fallen. After this visit, the relationship between the two towns grew, galvanised by Buxton’s Festival of Music at which Oignies’ town orchestra ‘L’Harmonie de Oignies’ performed in 1966. The following year, the Friends of Oignies and Les Amis de Buxton were founded and the two towns were officially twinned in 1968.
There is an annual exchange trip between the two organisations, with Buxton playing the host on odd years and Oignies on even. Regular events include a memorial service to honour those lost in the war, a fancy dress party and dinner dance and the annual sporting contest for the Albert Boitrel Cup. The Friends celebrated 50 years of twinning in 2018. New families and individuals are always welcome to join the Friends.
Bad Nauheim, Germany
The town of Bad Nauheim is in the state of Hesse in Germany, 35km north of Frankfurt. It is a world-famous resort, noted for its salt springs, which are used to treat nerve and heart diseases.
The Bad Nauheim Twinning Association was created in 1986 when Buxton became one of four international partners to the German town. There have been exchange visits by association members and different clubs from both towns, including choirs, sports teams and schools.
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