Buxton

A spa town nestled in the centre of the beautiful Peak District, surrounded by the UK’s oldest National Park

 

History

Buxton is the highest market town in England, standing at over 300 metres above sea level. The town’s market charter was granted in 1831. The natural baths date back to before Roman times, where the Roman baths are themselves thought to be located on the site of an ancient shrine.

Buxton has a royal history with it being located near the heart of a Norman Royal hunting forest. What’s more, the historic Old Hall Hotel dates back to 1573 when the captive Mary Queen of Scots stayed in the Tudor ‘Talbot Tower’ to take the water cure.

Architecture

Buxton is home to unique buildings- tourist attractions in their own right. The magnificent Georgian Crescent, recently restored, was built in the 1780s by the 5th Duke of Devonshire. The (then) largest unsupported dome in the world was added to the Great Stables in 1880 and is now known as the Devonshire Dome. The stunning ‘Theatre in the Hills’, Buxton Opera House, was built in 1901, designed by Frank Matcham.

 

Things to do :

  • Spa and Wellbeing
  • Buxton Country Park and Woodlands
  • Poole’s Cavern
  • Buxton Raceway
  • Solomon’s Temple
  • Opera House and Art Galleries
  • Tours

 

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