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Buxton is referred to as a spa town, 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 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 towards the spa clientele in those days.
As well as Georgian terraces and charming Victorian baths, parks and follies, Buxton 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 feeds into the Pump Room. This is the water you buy in the Buxton labelled bottles.
You can 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’.
Saturday and Tuesday are when the market town description comes into play. The town has a definite buzz on market days with 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) runs alongside offering comedy, film, children's events and much more.
What not to miss:
- Sample the famed water right from St Ann's Well.
- Catch an opera performance at the annual Buxton festival,
- Walk along the scenic trail that runs around the town.
- Explore the grand interiors of The crescent.
- Find locally produced goods at the bustling market.
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.
For a historic stay
Old Hall Hotel is an ivy-clad, historic property (it's reputedly the oldest hotel in the UK) bang in the centre of town. Here you'll find traditional rooms plus a restaurant serving great food.
For an apartment or cottage
- If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.
- Fly to Manchester Airport which has good public transport connections to Buxton. By train, Buxton is served by Northern Rail, the last station on the line from Manchester Piccadilly. Buxton is served by regular trains to Blackpool North and Preston which run through Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport.
- Best time to visit - Buxton is a year-round destination with each season offering its own charm however for the best chance at warm bright days travel in the summer months (May - August).
- If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best prices.
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The Old Hall Hotel 37 rooms from $168Buxton, Derbyshire
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.Local exploring - Well situtated to explore the historic town of Buxton and the beautiful Peak District.Great walks - Discover the delights of the Peak District on foot, the hotel provides packed lunches for longer hikes.Traditional