The Pump Room


Henry Curry built the Grade II-listed Pump Room for the 7th Duke of Devonshire in 1894 due to overcrowding at the previous well in the Natural Baths. It was last used to “take the waters” in the 1970s.

The building has been restored as part of the Crescent renovation and is now managed by the The Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust. Contractors Manchester and Cheshire Construction Company carried out the refurbishment between November 2015 and September 2016 to enable it to be used by the public. A second phase of development will transform it, once work on the Grade I-listed Georgian Crescent is complete, into an interactive visitor centre, tearoom and heritage experience. Until then, it is in use as an information point, event and meeting venue including for festival performances, talks and school trips. Please find below the Pump Room Preview Programme for 2018.

In September 2018, Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust announced a major partnership agreement with Nestlé Waters UK, producers of Buxton Natural Mineral Water, which will see them work together on the development of the innovative visitor experience, due to open in the Crescent in 2019. Other partners include the Heritage Lottery Fund, Derbyshire County Council, High Peak Borough Council, D2N2 and an exciting partnership with the University of Derby

For more information about the events, to find out how to become a Friend of the BCHT or to book places at free events, please email


The Pump Room,
The Crescent,
SK17 6BQ


Pump Room Preview Programme 2019


Coming soon!


Pump Room Preview Programme 2018


The Programme was developed through support of The Bingham Trust and is sponsored by C.W.Sellors.


Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust & Restoration Update
Friends of Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust Event
Wednesday 17th January, 6pm

Wellness and it’s Meaning 
A panel discussion and event in partnership with the University of Derby
Wednesday 28th February, 7pm

Georgiana – The Story of the 5th Duke’s Wife
A talk by Shenagh Firth, Head Guide at Chatsworth
Wednesday 7th March, 6pm

The Waters of Buxton
A talk by Gill Williamson
Wednesday 11th April, 6pm

‘Fine & Bracing Climates’ Health, Recreation and the Geographies of Spas and Resorts
A talk by Prof Paul Elliot
Wednesday 2nd May, 6pm

Blue John Discovery Day by C.W Sellors Fine Jewellers
Wednesday 13 June 10am – 3pm,  Talk 6pm

Telling Lives  –  A new play by Buxton Drama League
Wednesday 4 – Saturday 7 July, 7pm

Pump Room Artists at Work
Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 July, 10am – 2pm
See demonstrations by High Peak Artists including painting, jewellery making, ceramics and more.

Fringe Friday – A day of free events from Buxton Fringe Performer, musicians and artists  
Friday 13 July 10 – 7pm

Well, well I never knew that about Buxton’s waters!
Buxton residents and visitors describe in words and pictures the town’s history of using its healing waters. A new Present from the Past production involving Buxton & District U3A Oral History Group, Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust and Buxton Museum.
Tuesday 17 July 2pm & Friday 20 July 6pm

Chatsworth Renewed – The House, Past, Present and Future
A talk by Kate Brindley, Head of Collections at Chatsworth and Linder Sterling Chatsworth’s inaugural Artist in residence.
Wednesday 18 July 6pm

Pump Room Family Explorer Days
A free event for children and families featuring Crescent Lego, colouring by the Oval pool and dressing up.
Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15, Friday 24, Saturday 25 August, 10am–2pm

Buxton’s Thermal Water System – a Hydrogeologist’s View                                     
A talk by Rick Brassington
Thursday 27 September, 6pm, Devonshire Dome

Love, War, Sherry and Tripe – A Fascinating exploration of the Napoleonic Period
A talk by Peter Youds
Wednesday 17 October, 6pm, Devonshire Dome  

Mary Queen of Scots, from Buxton to Fotheringay 1584-7                                        
A talk by David Templeman
Wednesday 14 November, 6pm, Devonshire Dome 

Interior of the Pump Room

The Pump Room

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