Buxton is an old market and spa town, nestling amongst the surrounding
Derbyshire hills at a height of over 1000ft, making it the highest town in
England. It grew in fame as a spa town because of the pale blue water which
bubbles up from thermal springs beneath The Cresent. These are the outlets
from a subterreanean resevoir, where the water lies for many years before
coming to the surface at a constant temperature of 82 degrees fahrenheit.
Its fame as a healh spa dates back to Roman times, who were thought to have settled here around AD80 and built baths, the remains of which were excavated in the 17th and 18th centuries. Over the years Buxton became popular with pilgrims wanting to take the waters and one famous visitor was Mary Queen of Scots who suffered badly from rheumatism.
The Pavillion gardens lie on the banks of the River Wye and are the home of the spa water swimming pool. The pavillion itself, a glass and iron structure was built in 1871. It has been carefully restored to maintain its Victorian feel, It houses a variety of native and tropical plants.
The Pump Room which faces The Cresent was built in 1894 and thermal water was served here until 1981. Now the public can sample the water from the drinking fountain next to it, known as St Ann's Well, which is decorated at Well Dressing time.
The Opera House, completed around the turn of the 20th century acts as a focal point for the annual Buxton Festival.
The Festival is held in the last week of July and first week of August. It seats almost 1000 people in a magnificently decorative auditorium.
A major attraction to the west of the town is Pooles Cavern, a natural limestone cave, known to have been inhabited by primitive man. Adjoining the site is a country park. Footpaths lead to Solomon's Temple on Grin Low, half a mile away, providing extensive views over Buxton.
Bushey Heath Farm
Cold Springs Farm Camp Site
Cottage Farm Caravan Park
Manifold Inn (The)
Pomeroy Camping Park
Shallow Grange Farm
Thornheyes Farm Campsite
Wallbrook House Caravan and Camp Site
Caravan ParkWallbrook House Caravan and Camp Site
Golf ClubCavendish Golf Club
Pub and Bar
Bul i' th' Horn
Cavendish Cafe Restaurant
Simply Thai Restaurant
M A Stoker Opticians
Red Bull Gallery
Edinburgh Woollen Mill
Beresford Tea Rooms
6 The Square Tea Rooms
Edge Close Farm Tea Rooms
Peak Party Design
Jack’s Barber Shop
Salon One Hair, Beauty & Tanning Salon
R U Crafty 2?
Hairs and Graces
First Choice Musical Solutions
Bells of Buxton
Knowles Toys & Models
One Small Step
Places to Stay near Buxton
Palace Hotel (0.10 miles)
Old Hall Hotel (0.17 miles)
Alpine Lodge Guest House (0.21 miles)
The Savoy (0.22 miles)
Lee Wood Hotel (0.33 miles)
The Old Manse (0.33 miles)
Chateau & Wye House (0.37 miles)
Buckingham Hotel (0.41 miles)
Devonshire Arms (0.49 miles)Set in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District the Devonshire Arms offers reasonably priced B&B accommodation comprising of 4 single, 1 double and a family room. All our rooms are en-suite and have free ... More | visit website
Alison Park Hotel (0.69 miles)
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