Beyond Buxton


Buxton is a great place to base your exploration of the region. We are in the north of the East Midlands, in the heart of the Peak District and handy for Manchester to the northwest, with beautiful drives in every direction.


Below are a variety of suggestions for days out, all within an hour’s drive of Buxton. Also, check out suggestions for nearby walks.


To see more local attractions, see the Visit Peak District & Derbyshire website.


The magnificent Chatsworth Estate is only half an hour’s drive from Buxton (15 miles). Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, passed down through sixteen generations of the Cavendish Family, Chatsworth is a spectacular place to visit. Recently renovated, it is renowned for its art, landscape, gardens, farmyard, adventure playground and farm shop.

Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 IPP.

Opening times vary throughout the year and for special occasions: see the website for details.

There is a bus service direct to Chatsworth from Buxton on Sundays and Public/Bank Holidays #58 from Stand A on the Market Place: Otherwise you will need to take the Transpeak from Stand B on the Market Place and change at Bakewell: take the 218 from Stand D in Bakewell Square.


Peak Wildlife Park

With just a 30 minute drive south of Buxton you can discover Peak Wildlife Park and its walkthroughs featuring exotic and endangered animals from across three continents. Whether you love lemurs, have a passion for penguins or want to wander with the wallabies, the park has something for you. Get hands on with the animals, book a guided tour with a keeper or explore the indoor play area.

Winkhill, Leek, ST13 7QR.

Open daily 10am-6pm.

To get there by bus, take the #16 bus to Leek from Stand A on the Market Place and then the 108 bus from Leek toward Ashbourne – ask to be dropped off at the road leading to the Park.


Crich Tramway Village

Tram rides, tram museum, exhibitions, collections, sculpture trail, recreated village and special events throughout the year.

A 45 minute drive southeast from Buxton down the A6 to Matlock or down the A515 to Newhaven then turn left toward Cromford.

Nr Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP. .

Seasonal opening times. Accessible and dogs welcome.


Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall has welcomed visitors for hundreds of years and was famed for its hospitable owners. Privately owned by the Duke and Duchess of Rutland and often used as a filming location, its beautiful gardens and atmospheric medieval manor house take you back in time.

A beautiful 30 minute drive from Buxton along the A6 through Bakewell.

Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1LA.

Open daily March-September and for special events October-February.


Blaze Farm

An award-winning farm in Wildboarclough in Macclesfield Forest famous for its Hilly Billy Ice Cream. With nature trails, tearooms, ceramic studio and farm animals.

A 15 minute drive from Buxton along the A54 toward Congleton.

Wildboarclough, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 0BL.

Open year round 10am to 5.30pm. Cash only.


Arbor Low & Gib Hill

A prehistoric stone-circle and burial mound on the limestone plateau of the White Peak. Situated just off the A515, it is a 20 minute drive southeast from Buxton. It is managed by English Heritage and the Peak District National Park Authority and is free to enter, although a £1 charge is issued by the landowner through whose land access is made.

Long Rake, Monyash, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1JS.

There is a small carpark on the track up to Upper Oldhams Farm ~300m away from the circle.

For more information, visit the Visit Peak District & Derbyshire website here.

Alton Towers

The Alton Towers Resort is a 30-45 minute drive south of Buxton. Featuring a theme park, waterpark, CBeebies Land, spa and a golf course. Open from 10am with variable closing times.

Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB.


Managed by the National Trust, the Lyme estate contains a glorious house (the Pemberley of the BBC’s adaptation of Pride & Prejudice), landscaped gardens (including the famous lake!), moorland and deer park and with tearoom, exhibitions and special events throughout the year

A 20-30 minute drive from Buxton to Disley northwest via Long Hill or north via the A6. Alternatively, take the train to Disley and walk to the grounds.

Disley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 2NR.

Peveril Castle

Imposing ruins of one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses standing high above Castleton. Explore the castle keep, marvel at the breathtaking views and learn about the Royal Forest of the Peak at the visitor centre. Managed by English Heritage.

A 20 minute drive over to Castleton north from Buxton on the A6 with a right turn at Barmoor Clough towards Sparrowpit.

Market Place, Castleton, Derbyshire, S33 8WQ.

Park in the central car park and walk through the village up to the castle.

Heights of Abraham

Caverns, cable cars, mines, woodland walks, playgrounds, heritage exhibition, Victorian towers, need we say more! The Heights of Abraham, just on the edge of the Peak District National Park, has been welcoming visitors since the 1780s.

A 40 minute drive southeast from Buxton down the A6 to Matlock or down the A515 to Newhaven then turn left toward Cromford.

Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3NT.

Open 10am to 5pm.


Peak Rail Heritage Railway

Operating for four miles between Matlock and Rowsley, the Peak Rail Heritage Railway gives you a taste of what was one of the most scenic railway journeys in the country, along the beautiful Derwent and Wye Valleys.

With special events throughout the year and a restaurant on board, this is a must-do for those wanting an atmospheric, unique experience in the Peak District.

Matlock Station, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NA.


Peak Wildlife Park

Crich Tramway Village

Haddon Hall

Blaze Farm

Heights of Abraham

Peveril Castle

Lyme Park

Alton Towers

Arbor Low & Gib Hill

Peak Rail

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