In Towns

Buxton is a town full of surprises; there’s history, culture and countryside all rolled into one. The famous fresh spring water, wonderful views, Buxton Opera House, amazing caves and charming cafes all come together to make a town that is nothing if not unique. 

So, let’s start with where to go with slightly bleary morning eyes and rumbling stomachs. No 6 the Square is the perfect place, built in the early 1800s this café serves numerous tempting dishes such as the No 6 Breakfast or free range scrambled eggs & smoked salmon on granary bloomer toast!

Just across from No 6 the Square is Buxton Opera House, a great place to catch the best in live entertainment and culture. If you are visiting this area in July, there is a jam-packed festival on so make sure you check what’s on! July is also the month of Buxton Well Dressing, so get booking if you do fancy staying during that month.

A few steps behind the Opera House are the Pavilion Gardens, perfect for having a relaxed stroll around. These gardens span 23 acres and have been completely redeveloped to their original Victorian standard due to a Heritage Lottery Fund. The River Wye runs through the garden and there’s even a miniature train that runs on school holidays and weekends.

If you’d prefer to stretch your legs a bit more, you can walk through Grin Woods and to Solomon’s Temple. Opened in 1896, this is a twenty foot and two storey high stone building, which sits upon a Bronze Age burrow. The top of the tower is open, so you can climb up and enjoy wonderful views of the nearby countryside and parts of the Peak District.

After climbing to the top of the hill you can then go underneath it, as directly below is Poole’s Cavern. This wonderful show cavern is a fascinating place to visit and there’s a fantastic café serving great, locally produced food for when you’re peckish for lunch.

Something else to add to your 'Things to do in Buxton' list is the famous St Anne well, one which you can drink Buxton’s spring water from. This was been a shrine to St Anne since medieval times and is opposite Buxton Crescent (currently under construction and soon to be fantastic 5 star spa hotel).

A good place for dinner is Simply Thai, which could be followed by a show Buxton Opera House or a cocktail at Monk Bar.

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