Discovering Buxton is to find a town that has everything. The 'Capital of the High Peak' sits proudly high on a hill overlooking stunning scenery, pockmarked with quarries, but quilted with lush green pasture.
Left out of the National Park status, we would disagree that Buxton IS definitely an area of outstanding natural beauty. With its myriad of streets, alleyways and open spaces, there is certainly a mixture of hustle and bustle, comings and goings, but there is also plenty of time to sit and contemplate your journey, whether it be back into the town to sample the delights of the diverse and different shops, or to wander lonely as a cloud, through the parks and gardens.
21st century modern day shops, sit comfortably alongside stunning architecture, which transports visitors back in time. Buxton has a rich and varied history, a river running underneath it, which pops up now and again to offer the famous spring waters to rejuvenate those tired and aching shopaholics feet.
Soak up the splendour of The Crescent, once home to ostlers and servants, stop a moment and scout the architecture above the shop fronts. Transport yourself back in time and imagine what life was like as horse and carriages meandered along their way up Terrace Road. Go further back to Roman times, where Queen's were imprisoned and outlaws hid in caverns, where farmers and 19th century dukes worked the land together.
Parts of Buxton haven't changed at all, but other parts have moved on with the times. The shopping centres are free from traffic, and full to bursting with a huge range of goodies, antiques and gifts, books and clothes. Shops galore, with cafes and bars littered around the town for respite a vibrant mix and the market twice a week with traders selling their wares, proving it's a great town to find a present for those hard to buy for people we all know.
To stay in Buxton is a great choice to have made, and Buxton accommodation is vast and varied. There are grand hotels, budget Bed & Breakfasts, holiday cottages to suit any budget and all the while you will know that a peaceful break can be had by all, or a fantastic weekend away sampling Buxton amenities, is always an option. The events in Buxton centre around the Pavilion gardens, a 23 acre area of beauty in itself. Buxton Opera house offers a diary packed full of musical events and operates, a spectacular festival, Edinburgh Fringe style, and a Museum and Art Gallery tracing history back in time.
Uncover the truly beautiful spa town in the very heart of the Peak District and you see for yourself the historic and modern, the quaint and the cosy. Discover Buxton and you'll be very glad you came.