Historically known by the Romans as 'Aquae Arnemetiae', or the Spa of the Goddess of the Grove, Buxton is one of England's finest spa towns, nestling amongst the Derbyshire hills on the fringe of the Peak District.
At a height of over 1,000ft, Buxton is the joint highest market town in England, but is perhaps most famous for its 'healing' spa waters. Visitors have travelled to bathe in Buxton's mineral waters for thousands of years but Buxton is also deservedly renowned for its beautiful 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.
At the heart of the town is the magnificent new Buxton Crescent Hotel & Thermal Spa Hotel, a Grade I listed five-star hotel and spa with rooftop pool, beautiful rooms and spa treatments. Among Buxton's other achitectural gems are the striking Devonshire Dome, which has a larger span than St Paul's Cathedral and was built by the Duke of Devonshire as stables to complement The Crescent. It then became a hospital and is now Derby University's Buxton campus.
Another masterpiece is the exquisite Grade II listed Edwardian Opera House, built by renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham in 1903. Loving restored in 2001, Buxton Opera House is home of internationally-renowned Buxton Festival of 'opera, music and books' which takes place each summer, and a host of other theatre, music and comedy shows throughout the year. Close by is the historic Old Hall Hotel, reputed to be one of the oldest hotels in England, where ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots was held captive in the 16th century.
The brilliant Poole's Cavern & Buxton Country Park or just a stone's throw away, where you can explore a spectacular natural cavern below ground before enjoying great walks, or a treetop zip-wire adventure, above ground.
Visitors to Buxton today can 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.
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A vibrant village on the western edge of the Peak District.
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A picturesque limestone village, one of the prettiest in the Peak.
A charming, peaceful little village set under Hucklow Edge in splendid countryside.
A small hamlet consisting of a cluster of buildings around Hurdlow Hall and Hurdlow Grange. Hurdlow Hall is a working farm, whilst Hurdlow Grange, dating back over 300 years, which is now holiday accommodation.
This typical of the limestone White Peak village, set in glorious countryside. At the heart of the village is a pretty village green with its' old stocks, surrounded by pretty cottages.
A sizeable village with its bustling square and streets of stone houses. Overlooking the cobbled marketplace, from where you can embark on a tour of the village and discover several hidden alleyways and passages, is the historic Longnor Craft Centre.
Here an exceptionally beautiful section of the River Wye, where it winds through sinuous limestone dales. Set in the heart of the Peak District few places can match the fabulous scenery. The National Park Ranger Centre.
Tideswell has some fine old buildings and a magnificent church, St John the Baptist, known as the "Cathedral of the Peak", built entirely in the 14th century.
With its' back against Parwich Hill, the village spreads around the old pond and spacious green, has some pretty cottages and neat gardens. Close by are both the High Peak Trail and Tissington Trail, former railway lines.
The home of cheese-making in Derbyshire and one of the prettiest villages in the Peak.
Beauty spots nearby
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Solomon’s Temple, also known as Grin Low Tower, is a Victorian fortified hill marker at the summit of Grin Low Hill near the spa town of Buxton.
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