Located less than 8 miles from our campsite is the Historic town of Buxton. Whatever your plans whilst visiting the Peak District, here are our top 5 things to do in Buxton as part of your itinerary.
Dating back 6,000 years it is fair to say that Buxton has a long and interesting history. Known now as the home of Buxton water, this spa town not only has historic sights, architecture, and gardens but also outdoor activities, fine dining, and a thriving nightlife. There really is something for everyone. You will be left wondering if a single day is enough to make the most of your visit.
It has been difficult for us to narrow down, but here is our list of top reasons to visit Buxton.
Buxton Opera House & Cinema
This beautiful Edwardian Opera House is located close to the heart of Buxton and surrounded by historical sights making it easy to couple up with other plans in the city. Whether a guided tour of this historic building, an evening screening of the latest blockbuster, or a live performance catches your attention there is a whole host of reasons to be drawn into the Opera House. Be sure to plan ahead and book tickets for your visit to avoid disappointment. The range of shows is diverse and the schedule is busy. You are sure to find something that coincides with the dates you are visiting. There is a number of bars serving drinks and snacks but we recommend coupling a visit to the Opera House with dinner at one of the exquisite local restaurants.
Food and Drink
Considering Buxton is a small town surrounded by countryside you will find a surprisingly good choice of culinary delights. Restaurants can be found serving food from cuisines all around the world. Be sure to try a Derbyshire Oatcake and Buxton Pudding before you leave town.
For restaurants, our top picks are The Old Hall Hotel and the Restaurant at the Dome. The historic settings for both of these restaurants do help make them a special occasion. However, there is no denying the first-class quality of the food served at both of these options. If it is a drink you are after why not consider the Old Sun Inn as a traditional British Pub or 53° North for a modern Alpine-style bar.
The Pavilion Gardens
This Grade II listed building is beautifully restored and set in 23-acres of magnificent landscaped gardens. With food and drink, children’s play areas, shopping and even a little train making its way around the gardens you are sure to have a lovely and relaxing time. The Buxton Pavilion Gardens is a must-see whilst visiting Buxton and located next to the Opera House will fit nicely in with a day’s plan.
Poole’s Cavern & Buxton Country Park
Feeling a little more adventurous? Make a trip underground one of your reasons to visit Buxton. You can explore Poole’s Cavern as a taste of the cave systems that can be found across the Peak District as a consequence of its limestone geology. Learn about the outlaw that the caves are named after and be amazed by the sight of this two million-year-old natural limestone cave’s stalactites. There are even interactive exhibits along the way for Kids to enjoy and once you are done exploring the country park is a lovely area to explore with picnic spots and a café.
Buxton Museum & Art Gallery
Learn the history of the Peak District and discover a plethora of artefacts from archaeological finds as well as geological specimens from around the area. The art gallery continues the theme of focusing on all things local with exhibits from new and old artists. Many local artists hold their own exhibits here and you can even purchase a piece from the portfolio.
A Busy Events Calander
From Christmas Markets to Flower Festivals and Gin Jamboree’s, Buxton has events throughout the year. Why not check if your visit to the Peak District falls on a special occasion and make that your top reason to visit Buxton. You can be sure that with the busy calendar of events there is a good chance you will have something to see or get involved with. This can provide a great addition to any trip to the area or even provided the foundation to plan your trip around. If you want to see the full list of events head to the Visit Buxton Website.
If we have you feeling inspired and you are ready to plan your trip you can start off by checking the availability to stay at Combs Valley Campsite.