Buxton is referred to as a spa town, or a market town, or the ‘capital’ of the Peak District National Park. So it’s got quite a lot going for it. Buxton grew up from its hot springs, which made the town wealthy during the Georgian and Victorian eras and many of the best places to stay in Buxton were definitely geared owards the spa clientele in those days.
But as well as Georgian terraces and charming Victorian baths, parks and follies, Buxton also has some lovely Regency architecture. And of course there are the wondrous vistas surrounding the town.
Some folk still come here to ‘take the waters’, and you can certainly drink them if you’d like to - there’s a small spout known as St. Anne’s Well which feed into the Pump Room. This is the water you get when you buy the Buxton labelled bottles.
You can also still enjoy spa facilities in some of the traditional bathhouse buildings, like the wonderfully opulent Devonshire Dome or behind the elegant curve of the Georgian ‘Crescent’. Some of these charming old spas are now also some of the best places to stay in Buxton.
Saturdays and Tuesdays are when the ‘market town’ description comes into play, and the town still has a definite buzz to it on market days, and lots of colour in the market square.
Another great reason to visit is the annual Buxton Festival which describes itself as a "marriage between opera, music and books". A fringe festival (one of largest in the UK) which runs alongside offers comedy, film, children's events and much more.
The best places to stay in Buxton will inevitably be very busy during the festival, so if you're planning to visit then, get organised well in advance.
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Buxton, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Or you can widen the net and check out all our Derbyshire recommendations.
An ancient ivy-clad hotel, reputedly Britain's oldest, in the charming town of Buxton. Traditional rooms feature pretty chintz wall paper, heavy draped curtains, antique furniture and, some, four poster beds. A popular restaurant and bar complete this wonderfully British escape.