Buxton situated on the outskirts of the Peak District national park is in one of Britain’s most beautiful and un-spoilt areas. Buxton has been welcoming visitors since before roman times and you can still see many of the historic roman buildings and features around the town. “Aquae Arnemetiae” was the roman name for Buxton ‘The Spa of the Goddess of the Grove’ and you can still drink the same mineral water direct from the well today.
In the late 18th century the 5th Duke of Devonshire developed Buxton as a spa town and many of the impressive buildings remain today and give Buxton its unique charm and appeal. Buxton has a wealth of things to do, from shopping and visiting the town. A short distance away why not visit Chatsworth house and gardens, Haddon Hall, Tideswell the ‘Cathedral of the Peak’ , the plague village of Eyam or the Monsal trail. Buxton and the surrounding area has attractions to suit everyone.
The Crescent, arguably Buxton’s most famous building was built around 1780, and included a ballroom, an Assembly Room, a town house for the Duke and a wide range of shops. The Crescent was left empty for many years is now fenced off and undergoing a major restoration project and conversion into a luxury hotel and spa complex.
The Devonshire Dome, octagonal in shape sits on the land above The Crescent. It was built as stabling for the Duke’s horses and later converted to a 300-bed hospital. This grade II listed building contains the iron-framed dome which until recently was the largest unsupported dome in the world. The building is now part of the University of Derby Buxton campus; however, it is still accessible to the public and well worth a visit.
The Buxton opera house built in 1903 was restored in 1980 and now hosts a wide programme of events from opera, theatre to comedy and much more.
Buxton has a wide variety of shopping opportunities from small independent outlets to nationally-renowned brands. The Springs shopping centre has a variety of stores from Waitrose to WHS with an adjacent carpark for 450 vehicles. The Cavendish Arcade hosts a good selection of independent bespoke shops and is a must to visit. The Arcade is housed in the original thermal baths; part of the original baths can still be seen and the colourful stained glass barrel vaulted canopy should be seen.
A fantastic choice of cafés, bars restaurants awaits your choice. Buxton has wide range of culinary delights for all tastes, from exquisite French, Indian, Chinese, Spanish to traditionally English. Child and dog friendly bars to romantic and cosy wine bars, most with log fires. Buxton even has its own brewery and you can sample a fine pint in the Buxton Tap.
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