Buxton is one of most popular tourist destinations in the Peak District famed for its natural spring water and Georgian architecture. The town was founded by the Romans who called it Aquae Arnemetiae. It was the fifth Duke of Devonshire who put Buxton on the map with development in 1780s - the centrepiece being the Georgian Crescent (soon to be a 5* Spa Hotel). The town's rich history features Roman settlers, royal prisoners, outlaws and noble benefactors.
Visitors to Buxton can fill their own bottles from the permanent flow at St Anne's Well in front of the Crescent. Luckily, due to filtration through the limestone, there is no sulphurous smell or nasty taste to the mineral water here, unlike many others in the country.
The town's magnificent architecture also includes The Pavilion Gardens, 23 acres of award winning ornamental gardens including serpentine walkways, children's play areas, lake and a miniature railway. There is a historic Winter Gardens linking the Opera House with the main complex. The building houses a bistro, Art Café, Gallery in the Gardens with a large retail area and the Tourist Information Centre. Frank Matcham's admired Opera House is home to the Buxton Festival, which has developed into one of Britain's largest opera-based festivals, Fringe, and the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival.
The University of Derby's Buxton campus is set under the Devonshire Dome which is the largest unsupported dome in the country with a diameter of 174ft and open to visitors. Guided tours, a bistro, fine dining and spa and beauty treatments are available to book.
Buxton has a large selection of independent retailers and well known high street brands: The Old Court House and George Street & Quadrant area is home to a wealth of great places to eat, whilst the Cavendish Arcade features a range of independent boutique shops craft and gift emporiums. Spring Gardens Shopping Centre offers well know high street names, whilst the main street is home to a range of town's well known names as well as hiking and outdoor stores. Higher Buxton has a village feel with independent shops and services
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Derbyshire, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6WX
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Buxton is easily accessible from M1 and M6.
Parking : with charge
Accessible by Public Transport : Buxton station
|Sat 25 May 2013||Spring & Summer Walks High Peak Town Walks|
|Sun 26 May 2013||Explore Around Eyam|
|Mon 27 May 2013||Christ Church Burbage May Fair|
|Wed 29 May 2013||Acient Garland Ceremony|
|Sat 1 Jun 2013||Coffe Morning & Table Top sale|
|Sat 1 Jun 2013||Spring & Summer Walks High Peak Town Walks|
|Sat 1 Jun 2013||Summer Fair & Charity Bazaar|
|Thu 6 Jun 2013||A Cartoon History of Here|
|Thu 13 Jun 2013||Pauline Townsend - Silk Painting Workshops|
|Sat 15 Jun 2013||Spring & Summer Walks High Peak Town Walks|
|Sun 16 Jun 2013||Explore Around Eyam|
|Sun 16 Jun 2013||Strauss Oboe Concerto|
|Fri 21 Jun 2013||Buxton and District Lions Midnight Walk|
|Sat 29 Jun 2013||Artist & Designer Fair|
|Sun 30 Jun 2013||Artist & Designer Fair|
|Sun 30 Jun 2013||Pauline Townsend - Silk Painting Workshops|
|Wed 3 - Sun 21 Jul 2013||Buxton Festival Fringe|
|Thu 4 - Sat 6 Jul 2013||Buxton Well Dressing in the Making|
|Sun 7 - Mon 15 Jul 2013||Buxton Well Dressing|
|Sat 13 Jul 2013||Buxton Carnival 4 mile race|
|Sun 28 Jul 2013||Pauline Townsend - Silk Painting Workshops|
|Sun 11 Aug 2013||Pauline Townsend - Silk Painting Workshops|
|Sat 14 Sep 2013||Artist & Designer Fair|
|Sun 15 Sep 2013||Artist & Designer Fair|
|Mon 30 Sep 2013||Artist & Designer Fair|
|Sun 1 Dec 2013||Artist & Designer Fair|