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Buxton

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For other places with the same name, see Buxton (disambiguation).
Buxton Crescent and St Ann's Well in Buxton

Buxton is an ancient spa town in the Peak District, England. It is in the county of Derbyshire which is classified as part of the East Midlands but it is probably more associated with the North West of England. It is the main place for the High Peak Borough, for both administrative and for retail.

Buxton is known around the world for its bottled spring water which is marketed by the Buxton Mineral Water Company (owned by Nestlé Waters UK). During the summer months, the local economy benefits from an influx of tourists who visit the surrounding Peak District region. Buxton also plays host to a number of summer festivals which draw large numbers of visitors too.

A panoramic view of Buxton

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

1 Buxton station is served by Northern Rail, the last station on the line from Manchester Piccadilly; however, Buxton is served by regular trains from Blackpool North and Preston which run through Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport. Visit Northern Rail for timetable.

By bus[edit]

High Peak buses provides services from a number of locations including Manchester, Manchester airport, Matlock and Derby.

By car[edit]

Buxton is not close to Britain's motorway network. However, it is a crossing point of some major trunk roads, such as the A6 from Both Manchester and Matlock, the A54 from Congleton, the A537 from Macclesfield, the A53 from Stoke-on-Trent and the A515 coming in from Derby and Ashbourne. Each route is very picturesque, but be wary of the A537, as it is rated as the road with the most “persistently higher risk” in the UK (as of 2017). Since all of these routes are high-level they are frequently affected by snow and ice in winter and subject to closure.

By plane[edit]

Buxton does not have its own airport, but is easily accessible from Manchester Airport (MAN IATA), via rail (see getting there by train) and bus, and East Midlands Airport (EMA IATA).

Get around[edit]

  • Buxton Trams, +44 1298 79648. A novel way to see the sights of Buxton, and the only public transport option for Poole's Cavern, is this new service using a converted milk float. Leaves every hour on the hour from Pavilion Gardens main Car Park from March 2013 onwards. £5.

See[edit]

  • 1 Buxton Crescent. Built for the Fifth Duke of Devonshire between 1780 and 1789. Also in the area:St Anne's Well; The Slope and Pump Room; Natural Mineral Baths; and Buxton Thermal Baths. Buxton Crescent (Q5003263) on Wikidata Buxton Crescent on Wikipedia
  • 2 Pavilion Gardens, St. John's Road, SK17 6BE, +44 1298 23114, e-mail: . Landscape garden and lakes
  • 3 Poole's Cavern (southwest of the town centre). Show cave. A pleasant (and free) walk through woodland from here leads to Solomon's Temple, a folly on a limestone hill with elevated views over Buxton and the surrounding area. Another interesting and little-known local curiosity lies in a small valley between Solomon's Temple and the village of Harpur Hill, where water issuing through lime-rich waste rock has created an intriguing area of white calcite deposits. Poole's Cavern (Q15267449) on Wikidata Poole's Cavern on Wikipedia
  • 4 Solomon's Temple. Victorian folly tower on top of a Bronze Age barrow. Solomon's Temple, Buxton (Q7558538) on Wikidata Solomon's Temple, Buxton on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

  • 1 Buxton Opera House, Water Street, SK17 6XN, +44 1298 72190, e-mail: . There is always something going off, from stage productions to fairs. This include the Buxton Opera Festival, running for two and a half weeks in July. The building was constructed in 1903. Buxton Opera House (Q2929020) on Wikidata Buxton Opera House on Wikipedia
  • 2 Buxton Hitmen Speedway. The Buxton Hitmen are in the National League in the United Kingdom's motorcycle speedway.

Buy[edit]

There is a large selection of shops on the main pedestrian street.

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Buxton is the home of Buxton Spring Water which is sold round the world, but if you are in town make sure you get some free water from the well that is in the centre by the Royal Crescent.

Sleep[edit]

Buxton offers a wide range of accommodation, from Bed and Breakfast establishments to luxury hotels. However, during the more popular summer festivals, all accommodation within reasonable walking distance of the Opera House may be booked well in advance.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Buxton
ManchesterWhaley Bridge  N UK road A6.svg E  BakewellMatlock
END  N UK road A53.svg SW  LeekStoke-on-Trent


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