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 art, music, theatre and festivals.
The Buxton Festival of World Cinema takes place in March/April with the Big Session Festival of folk music in April/May. July brings the Buxton Wells Dressing Festival, Buxton Festival Fringe alongside the Buxton International Festival of opera, music and books, the Buxton Military Tattoo and the Gilbert & Sullivan International Festival. Buxton is also home to an Adventure Festival which includes a regular programme of events throughout the year as with the Buxton Food & Drink Festivals. Check out our festivals pages for more information.
There is much of historical interest in Buxton also. The Natural Baths are located on the site of 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. The magnificent Crescent, which is currently being renovated, and the Great Stables were built in the 1780s and the stunning Buxton Opera House in 1901. These and other places of interest are on the Heritage Trail which you can follow or take a guided tour of the town on the unique ‘Wonder of the Peak’ Tram, 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.
Outdoors, Shopping, Food and Drink
Added to all this, there are the stunning, ornamental Pavilion Gardens, 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. Visit Poole’s Cavern show cave, the high thrills of Go Ape’s aerial rope walks or the fast thrills of Buxton Raceway.
Buxton is also the ‘Gateway to the Peak District’ and is a great base for all the huge range of outdoor activities that the National Park has to offer. Click here for our suggestions.
All this and with so much going on in the town itself, you might find yourself hard pressed to leave.
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