Elegant Buxton has been welcoming visitors to enjoy its natural thermal springs and superb setting 300 metres above sea level since Roman times.
Known then as Aquae Arnemetiae, or the Spa of the Goddess of the Grove, its fortunes are currently reviving thanks to the restoration of its Grade I listed centrepiece, The Crescent, as a five-star hotel and spa.
When the hotel opens, the town's famous thermal water, which rises from the earth at a constant temperature of 28 degrees C (82 degrees F), will be used again for spa treatments for the first time in decades.
But there's much more to the highest market town in England than its most famous brand. Buxton is deservedly renowned for its Georgian and Victorian architecture - much of it linked with the 5th Duke of Devonshire's ambitions to create a spa town to rival Bath back in the 18th century.
Among its finest gems are the striking Devonshire Dome, which has a larger span than St Paul's Cathedral, was built by the Duke of Devonshire as stables to complement The Crescent, became a hospital and is now a university.
Another masterpiece is the exquisite Edwardian Opera House, home of internationally-renowned Buxton Festival and a host of other festivals, theatre, music and comedy shows throughout the year. Close by is the historic Old Hall Hotel, where ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots was held captive in the 16th century, while a short walk leads to mysterious Poole's Cavern.
Visitors today also appreciate the beautifully-landscaped and restored Pavilion Gardens, with its formal borders, lawns, play areas and family-friendly cafe and shop.
Shoppers can count on the best of independent retailers and High Street brands at The Springs Shopping Centre, Cavendish Arcade and The Old Court House, plus a choice selection of cafés, tea rooms and restaurants for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
- Dogs accepted
- Public toilets
- Children welcome
- Parking with charge
- Disabled toilets
Map & Directions
Buxton is easily accessible from M1 and M6.Accessible by Public Transport: Buxton station is 0 miles away.
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