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Discovering Buxton


To discover Buxton is to uncover a truly beautiful spa town in the very heart of the Peak District. Traditional and contemporary mix beautifully together with wonderful architecture, a rich history, and a wealth of shops, parks and amenities, which any visitor to Derbyshire would dream to discover.

Affectionately called the Capital Of The High Peak, it is also the highest town in the whole of England and the air and water here, are most definitely healthy. The boundary between the limestone and the gritstone, dividing the White Peak with the Dark Peak, the River Wye meanders through a gorge nearby and flows underneath the town, popping up here and there with warm Springs, which provided a place of pilgrimage in the past.

Visited by royalty over the years, Buxton boasts hotels fit for a king, and is full to bursting with Peak District cottages to rent for a short break, bed and breakfasts to be pampered at the weekends, and campsites nearby, which offer a great base to explore the rest of the glorious Peak District and sample the stunning scenery all around.

Famous for its baths and water, Buxton is quite unique looking as far as Peak District villages go. The stunning and very photogenic Crescents is a magnificent sight to behold and the architecture makes the town a very magical place to stay or visit for the day. It's very easy to go back in time as you wander through the nooks and crannies, the alleys and the parks, to imagine horse and carriages trotting up Terrace Road long ago. Parts of the town are unchanged over the centuries, adding nostalgia and an atmosphere of warmth, history and a placement back in time, but there are lots of modern and contemporary outlets, restaurants and shops to encourage the modern day visitor back time and time again.

The majestic Pavilion Gardens should be on your 'to do' list while you are here, with 23 acres of manicured gardens to explore, bordering the boating lake, the paddling pools, the putting greens and the bandstand. Have a go on the quaint miniature railway, or enjoy a shaded walk beneath the old mature trees, enjoying the colourful borders full to bursting with a rainbow coloured carpet of bedding plants throughout all seasons.

The Opera House has been restored to its original Victorian splendour and hosts a very full diary of musical events and operas throughout the year. With a very bustling nightlife, Buxton certainly provides the tourist and the locals with something to do each day, and a spectacular festival, which is the largest 'fringe' style festival in England, takes place as an annual event.

Shopping in Buxton is vast and varied and centres around the shopping arcade built over the River and just off Spring Gardens. shops galore, bars and cafes which litter the town, offer respite for shopaholics. The specialist designer boutiques and old favourites such as Marks & Spencer and Waitrose, there is also a vibrant mix of fashion, second-hand bookshops, antiques and craft shops which will provide so many places to buy presents for those special people in your life.

The history of the town is heavily featured in the Museum and Art Gallery, and the market place is full of hustle and bustle. With caverns and tunnels, gardens and green spaces, Buxton is a major attraction which draws people from all over the UK and the world to its delights. Dive into our website and discover Buxton for yourself, you'll certainly be glad you passed by.

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