Buxton is a charming former spa town situated in the Peak District, it makes an ideal place for exploring the Peak District National Park. This historic town is within easy reach of Manchester, Sheffield and Derby, there are regular inter city trains from London
Euston to Manchester, with connecting train services to Buxton. The town is set just over 1000 feet above sea level in the midst of beautiful scenery, with some wonderful architecture and its famous mineral water; Buxton and the Peak District are popular holiday choices.
In 1780 the fifth Duke of Devonshire commissioned the building of the Crescent which was modelled on the Royal Crescent in Bath. Another popular tourist attraction is the Buxton Opera House an Edwardian building with interesting architecture, guided tours are available.
The Pavilion Gardens with their well kept lawns and gardens are an enjoyable place to visit, have a stroll and relax. The gardens were established in 1871 by Edward Milner.
As you walk around Buxton you will find the Buxton Museum & Art Gallery a short distance from the Market Place. The museum benefits from temporary exhibitions and displays of art and craft featuring works by local modern artists. Upstairs discover the Wonders of the Peak, the history of the region, the geology and archaeology. The museum is well worth visiting it is open all year round, if you need more information on opening times etc contact the local Tourist Information Office.
Buxtonís main shopping area is around Spring Gardens with a range of shops from well known High Street names such as Next, DPís etc as well as local specialist shops
. The Cavendish Arcade has a mixture of antique, craft and book shops; Higher Buxton has also got a choice of local shops. There are plenty of shops to keep you occupied for awhile if you are into shopping! Buxton has several good places to eat and there are many B&Bís & Hotels to choose from in and around the town.
There are plenty of natural caves in the Peak District and Derbyshire areas. Pools Cavern & Buxton Country Park is a popular nearby visitor attraction this magnificent natural cavern with unique orange stalagmites is amazing, the wonderful formations have been coloured by the proximity to iron ore. Guided tours take you through the well lit chambers, it is well worth seeing, and Pooles Cavern is open March-October.
The park has some delightful woodland trails and some stunning views. The Goyt Valley is another area of beauty only a short distance from Buxton with superb walking opportunities.
If you would like to visit more caves you will find some around the village of Castleton which is about ten miles north-east of Buxton, four have been developed as tourist attractions. The peak District is a popular climbing area and within a few miles of Buxton there are a variety of crags that should suit all level of climbers.
You will find a wealth of outdoor pursuits in this area including exciting walks. The Tourist Information Centre can supply details on other sport and outdoor activities that are available at the time you wish to visit. There is plenty to see and do in and around Buxton; this location will suit all types of visitors enabling you to have an enjoyable holiday break.