Amenities


There is so much to see and do in this glorious part of the High Peak, and Buxton amenities will not let down the shopper, the walker, the visitor or the resident. With lots of attractions and places to go in wet weather, the town is full to bursting with shops, cafes and restaurants, holiday accommodation, parks and gardens.

Renowned for its Opera house, this building is one of Britain's leading provincial theatres and offers over 450 performances every year, including children shows, drama and dance, music and pantomime and there are even shows on ice. Buxton Festival is next of kin to Edinburgh Fringe and an annual event not to be missed.


The Pavilion Gardens is a historic venue in the heart of Buxton retaining the Victorian splendour at its grandest. Home to the tourist information centre, a unique gift shop and the gallery, it also hosts an extensive conference and exhibition facility, a restaurant and cafe but also the swimming and fitness centre too. Flowerbeds and shaded walks, a boating lake and a bandstand, there is also an extensive children's play park, outdoor gym equipment, a miniature railway and an adventure playground, as well as Buxton's newest theatre, the Pavilion Arts Centre, which can be reached through a short stroll through the fauna.


The Devonshire Dome built in 1779 for the fifth Duke of Devonshire, once provided facilities for up to 120 horses, accommodation for servants and ostlers of those stay in the Cresent, but now it is the campus of the University of Derby in Buxton and Buxton College. Measuring over 150 feet in diameter, it is bigger than St Paul's Cathedral in London and it is the largest unsupported dome in Europe, open to visitors as well as students.


The shops are spread out in four distinct shopping areas. Cavendish Shopping Arcade is home to more than 15 independent retailers in the beautifully restored Buxton baths. Selling clothes and footwear, books and gifts, eco-friendly products and footwear, there is even a chocolatier. Spring Gardens is the principal shopping street where national multiple retailers, an independent business dinners sit comfortably together with easy access to the station and customer parking.


The shopping at the quadrant in George Street is the cosmopolitan area needs the University and the crescent is now home to a rich mix of independent and branded high-quality shops, diverse restaurants and bars. Buxton is the village within the town and boasts around 80 shops, establishments and services offering food and local produce.


And with 30 independent businesses in Buxton coming together to promote the excellent independent businesses and shops in the town, the Christmas Shopping Crawl is a wonderful experience to provide visitors and locals to Buxton with the Christmas shopping wonderland, a rich mixture of shopping, which offers retail therapy to visitors and residents.


Pools Cavern, the First Wonder Of The Peaks, is a great Carboniferous limestone cavern, one of the finest showcasing England's boasting many strange and wondrous formations sculpted over millions of years. The modern visitor centre, cafe and children's play area are at the heart of Buxton country Park , and at the top of the hill is Solomon's Temple, a folly which provides a panoramic view of Buxton and the surrounding hills and stunning countryside.

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