We’re fortunate to be surrounded by charming villages and picturesque towns. One of the most notable of these is the spa town of Buxton, which is just 18 miles from our Peak District holiday park. Here we take a closer look at all there is to see and do in this vibrant little market town.
Home to stunning ornamental gardens and blessed with famous Georgian and Victorian architecture, it’s fair to say the Buxton is easy on the eye. Add to this a vast array of independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and it’s easy to see why this town is such a draw for visitors.
Tourists have been coming to the town for over 600 years as it was once hailed as one of Britain’s leading spa towns, with its waters possessing healing properties. Today that water is bottled as Buxton Water and there are still Natural Baths located on the site of the original Roman Baths, thought to be where there once stood an ancient shrine.
The town’s historic old hall dates back to 1573 when the captive Mary Queen of Scots stayed in the tower to “take the water cure”.
What else is there to see and do in Buxton?
Once you’ve browsed the shops, visited the Roman Baths and the marvelled at the architecture, why not spend some time at the many visitor attractions in Buxton? Here’s just a few of our favourites…
- Buxton Museum & Art Gallery: Discover the archaeology, geology, art and history of the Peak District through seven time zones at the Buxton Museum & Art Gallery. The Museum and Art Gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions of art, craft, photography and local history throughout the year.
- Poole’s Cavern: This great carboniferous limestone cavern is one of the finest show caves in England and boasts many strange and wondrous formations, sculpted over millions of years. Mary, Queen of Scots, is said to have explored it and people have been visiting ever since.
- The Devonshire Dome: The Devonshire Dome was built by in 1779 by John Carr of York for the 5th Duke of Devonshire and provided facilities for up to 120 horses and accommodation for the servants and ostlers of those staying in the The Crescent.
- Archie’s Farm: A miniature animal farm on the outskirts of Buxton with donkeys, goats, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, alpacas, hens and many more. A great day out, especially for those with little ones!
Are there any events worth attending in Buxton?
The simple answer to that question is ‘yes’! The town plays host to a variety of different events each year, including:
- Taking place in July, the Buxton Festival Fringe is one of the biggest UK Fringes between Edinburgh and Brighton and features an exciting programme of theatre, comedy, music, dance, film, spoken word, street theatre, visual arts and fun for all the family. 2019 will be its 40th year.
- The Great Peak District Fair & Buxton Beer Festival takes place at the Pavilion Gardens, which plays host to brilliant food, drink and entertainment over a weekend in early October. Located on the promenade, there is a selection of hot, delicious foods from all around the world and some of the finest, hand-crafted larger, cider and beer from around the region.
- The Buxton International Festival is one of the UK’s leading arts events taking place in July each year; a cultural celebration of the very best opera, music and literature taking place in the beautiful Peak District. The Festival features the most promising rising stars in the arts world, as well as prominent international singers, artists and literary figures performing in a packed summer programme of in excess of 120 events over a 17-day period to an audience of over 30,000.