Buxton Local Information: 10 top things to know... more
Buxton is surrounded by mountains and is itself a mountain spa producing natural mineral water. Its life as a spa town began in Roman times, when it provided warm mineral waters for people to bathe in. The spa town became famous in the Elizabethan era when it was regularly visited by Mary, Queen of Scots. A hall was built over the bath at this time by her custodian, the Earl o...Read more
Buxton sits in what is known as the High Peak of Derbyshire. It is the largest town within the Peak District and has become a popular holiday destination for tourists wanting to explore the National Park. The University of Derby has a Buxton campus that offers further education and higher education. One of its most impressive buildings is the former Great Stables, with its hug...Read more
There are many events to choose from in Buxton’s annual calendar. The Buxton Festival celebrates opera, music and literature and takes place over two weeks in July. Buxton Festival Fringe runs alongside the main festival and includes dance, drama, music, poetry, comedy, film, exhibitions and magic. In August, the town is taken over by events for the international Gilbert and...Read more
Poole’s Cavern is a limestone cave that has formed over millions of years. The site has a rich history to tell; evidence of pre-historic life from the Neolithic and early Bronze ages have been found at the site and it was said to have been visited by Mary, Queen of Scots. There is a modern visitors’ centre, restaurant and children's play area at the site. The Buxton Museum...Read more
5. Things To Do
The Pavilion Gardens include a Victorian building, conference and exhibition facilities, a restaurant, café and swimming pool and over 23 acres of gardens. There is also a large children's play park, adventure playground and miniature railway. The Great Stables and Dome was built in the 18th century to house horses and servants, and is now part of the University of Derby. Vis...Read more
Farmers’ markets and arts and craft fairs are held regularly at The Pavilion Gardens in the town. Markets are also held in the town’s Market Place on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Shopping is varied in the town centre. The Spring Gardens Shopping Centre has many high street names as well as some local specialist shops. The Cavendish Arcade has shops selling crafts, fashion, anti...Read more
By car, Buxton is accessed by A-roads: A6, A515, A54, A53 and A537. The nearest motorways are the M6, to the west, and the M1, to the east. Manchester Airport is the closest airport to the town and is easily reached by rail or road. The town’s train station is in Station Road and has good services to the rest of the region.
Buxton Opera House is one of Britain’s leading provincial theatres, and offers around 450 performances each year including dance, comedy, children’s shows, drama, music, pantomime, opera and even shows on ice. Local and regional bands play open-air concerts every Sunday afternoon and on Bank Holidays at the bandstand in the Pavilion Gardens.
9. Famous Landmarks
The Crescent building is a Grade I listed site with a great history to tell. It has been dubbed as “Britain’s first leisure resort” and was built in 1780. The site is currently the subject of a regeneration plan.
10. Interesting Fact
Buxton is 1,000ft above sea level and this makes it the highest market town in England.
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