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Buxton Things to Do

  • The Baths

    The natural mineral springs have been known of since the Romans arrived here (on the look out for gold and lead). Medieval pilgrims recognised their healing powers and Mary Queen of Scots was a fan Buxton became well known as a Spa Town, when fashionable Victorians flocked here by train to take the waters. The natural hot spring water (a constant...

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  • St Annes Well - Bring your empty bottles...

    Well....... I was hoping to get a closer look (and try some of the Buxton Spa Water), but this woman was 'there for the duration' We waited a while, moved away and looked at the Crescent etc, came back and she was still there. The geothermal spring waters are piped to this well,which has been a shrine to St Anne since medieval times. Pilgrims would...

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  • Pavilion Gardens - Don Redfern Memorial...

    This Band Stand is named in honour of this 'Conductor, player and promoter of Brass Bands' one Don Redfern (1927-1991)It was opened on September 7th 1997 by the then Mayor of High Peak, Marion Williams.Two bronze plaques on the stand commemorate the occasion and the name of the band stand.Concerts are held through the summer - check the website...

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  • The Crescent

    During our visit in November 2012, The Crescent and nearby buildings were under scaffolding, as permission had finally been given to convert the historical building into 'the only second genuine Spa hotel to open in a century' This will be a 79 bedroomed , 5-star spa hotel, which will incorporate the neighbouring Natural Baths, and is due to open...

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  • The Cenotaph - War Memorial

    Known locally as The Cenotaph, this impressive memorial sits on The Slopes. over looking the Crescent, It commemorates the men of Buxton who died in WW1 (314) and WW2.(70) Roll of Honour The Slopes is a park registered by English Heritage as having special historical interest. A low granite wall, with timber seating, encloses the memorial, which...

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  • Pavilion Park

    These 23 acres of land surround the Pavilion Gardens and Opera House. They underwent a large restoration programme at the start of the 21st century, and are a pleasant place to wander or to rest for all ages.The Gardens are enjoyed by over one million visitors per year.The gardens are included on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens...

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Buxton Hotels

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  • Crewe and Harpur Arms

    Market Square, Longnor, Buxton, SK17 0NS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Best Western Lee Wood Hotel

    The Park Buxton, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK176TQ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Old Hall Hotel

    The Square, Buxton, SK17 6BD, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Buxton Restaurants

  • DELICIOUS

    Whilst in Buxton at a long weekend VT meet with Gilly, Hayley, Jane, Dave, Christine, Katherine, Ricky and Sheila I decided to pay a visit to Leek. I had to wait an hour for the bus so I went to Costa for breakfast. The staff were friendly as they usually are in small towns and I had a latte with a lemon and poppyseed muffin….delicious, this set me...

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  • Helpful staff and good food

    We stopped here for a late lunch during our visit to Buxton in April 2013.The pub has an outdoor seating area to the front and is an intricate weave of rooms located around a central bar inside.This place is all about the food and selection of ales available - definitely a pub, rather than a restaurant. The menu offers a wide selection of choices,...

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  • A DISGRACE

    Visted the Railway Inn on Sunday to experience the worst Southen Fried Chicken Burger ever had. Upon receiving the food I was disgusted with the poor quality the onion rings were over cooked and greasy ONLY 6 in total, the southern fried chicken came with NO mayonnaise, burger relish or gherkin as advertised, and the salad garnish advertised was a...

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  • Good Carvery

    When we arrived in Buxton we parked near to the Railway Hotel so it was the perfect place to go for something to eat.It was a Sunday and they have a Carvery on Sundays as well as their normal menu but all three of us opted for the Carvery.It was reall nice food and although it was not the type that you can go back for more you did not have to...

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  • The Sunday Carvery is lovely

    The Railway Inn is an attractive building just across the road from the main shopping street of Buxton. We were lucky enough to visit Buxton on a Sunday so were able to partake in the Wonderful Carvery which they serve for Sunday lunch. The Carvery consisted of Roast meats (a choice of three), Yorkshire pudding, vegetables, potatoes and gravy. It...

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  • Derbyshire delight

    Set beneath the railway bridge in the center of town this delightful pub serves good beer and great food at good prices.Quick and friendly service,eat inside or out,in the sun or in the shade. The chicken hunter,Chicken bacon and cheese in a toasted french stick with salad and a side order of chips.

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Buxton Nightlife

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    by JuliaK Updated Jan 16, 2003

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    There is only one club in Buxton (at least while I was there) called Gaslight.
    Very "retro" with carpets and mirrors everywhere and a dj that kept talking all the time on the mic. Unfortunately this was our only choice...

    Dress Code: No trainers.. but everything else you want

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Buxton Transportation

  • Train Services to Buxton

    Buxton lies at the end of one of the suburban routes from Manchester.Services leave Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station and operate half hourly during peak times, reducing to hourly services on Sundays, with less frequent service in the late evening.Advance purchase tickets for a return from Piccadilly to Buxton cost around £16 whilst two single...

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  • 199 Skyline connecting to Manchester...

    For visitors from further afield, Buxton is connected to Manchester Airport by the Skyline (199) service.This route operates from Manchester Airport non-stop to Stockport, then stopping, by request, at all stops along the route, including :* Stepping Hill Hospital* Rising Sun, Hazel Grove* Horse Shoe Inn, High Lane* Ram's Head, Disley* Swan Hotel,...

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Buxton Shopping

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  • Shopping in Buxton

    Buxton has an array of shops catering to all needs, tastes and budgets.Plenty of independents amongst the chain stores and franchises.We spotted a 'price war' between two neighbouring shops on the High Street - Pound World V The Village Saver...Village Saver had '100's of lines at 99p or less', while Pound World had 'many items reduced to 95p'!!...

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  • Shops

    Spring Gardens is the name of the main shopping road in Buxton, it is also pedestrianised. There is a Marks and Spencer, and also off here is a shopping mall, with such shops as Next, WH Smith, Ponden Mill. You will see from the photograph that there are canopies made of glass over the fronts of the shops, these are Victorian and we used in that...

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  • Old and New

    This building was originally the Thermal Baths and was built in 1820. It has been made into a small shopping mall with nice individual shops. There are about 12 small shops.Times for opening vary but it seems they all open on Sundays approx 12 noon - 5pm. Weekdays closing times seem to be about 5pm. You can buy antiques, cards, men's and women's...

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Buxton Local Customs

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    by bugalugs Written Oct 5, 2005

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    This warm thermal spring is known as St Ann's Well. The water from the spring is constant and whenever we have visited there is usually a queue of people filling all their bottles (or should I say gallon containers) with the water which is free. It is difficult to get a photograph but the people filling their bottles moved away for me to snap this.

    The well is opposite the Crescent.

    St Ann's Well
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Buxton Warnings and Dangers

  • Inclement Weather!

    Due to it's elevated location, Buxton is often a few degrees cooler that other towns in the area.It is also no stranger to rain, as You'll see from my photographs. So, come prepared, with waterproof coats, footwear, fleeces/jumpers etc, maybe an umbrella, though not so good if there is a gust blowing.Shops such as Mountain Warehouse sell wet/cold...

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  • Toilets

    There are public toilets next to a little car park adjacent to the viaduct near Ashwood Park. I would'nt bother using these if you can help it, they are absolutely disgusting. It makes me angry when a place like this that does attract a lot of tourists and has the revenue they spend here can't even be bothered to have decent toilets.There are...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Buxton What to Pack

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    by JuliaK Written Nov 20, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Any kind of bag would do fine...
    Its up to you!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If travelling through the winter period you should need to have warm clothes and all the essential accessories for a cold..very cold trip

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: you can find anything you will need there. Just bring your own and if they finish you will easily find something to replace them

    Photo Equipment: Definatelly have your camera with you. You will have the opportunity of some great scenery and photos

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping..maybe
    Beach...well... NO!!!

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Buxton Off The Beaten Path

  • Lyme Hall - Disley

    Lyme Hall Disley is not very far away probably about 10-12 miles. A lovely building, in beautiful countryside. IThe BBC also used this location for their own adaptation in 1995 of Pride and Prejudice. See my Disley pageIt is 13 miles from Buxton to Disley on the A6 North

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  • Chatsworth House

    Chatsworth House is worthy of a visit if you are in the area. Not only does the Dukes of Devonshire have links with Buxton but this is their family seat.See my Edensor pageAbout 15 miles from Buxton on the A6 towards Matlock, then take the Chesterfield Road

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  • Pride & Prejudice

    Chatsworth has also recently been used for a film adaptation of of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The exterior of the hall being Pemberley. Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen, Judi Dench and Donald Sutherland starring in the film..

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Buxton Favorites

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    by bugalugs Updated Oct 13, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Ashwood Park is at the furthest side of Buxton from Pavilion Gardens. Here a sculptor/artist called David Canetti created this as part of a millennium project. It is named 'Lighting the Peak' and is made from concrete, mosaic and coloured glass.

    The park has a bowling green, tennis courts, and a nine hole pitch and putt. There is also a children's playground.

    Ashwood Park Ashwood Park
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