If culture and local history float your boat, Buxton is definitely the place for you. As a spa town dating back to Roman times, Buxton has an impressive architectural heritage including the University’s Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome building and famous geothermal springs that have made it a tourist destination for hundreds of years.
Described as ‘Derbyshire’s answer to Bath’ in The Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live in Britain, the area features in classic literary works by WH Auden, Jane Austen and Emily Bronte and has the Old Hall Hotel, reputed to be the oldest hotel in England, where Mary Queen of Scots spent her summers. With £70m invested in heritage regeneration including the redevelopment of the Georgian Crescent, Buxton’s heritage appeal continues to rise.
Buxton has a lively arts and music scene with an independently run Opera House hosting 450 performances a year, arts theatres, a museum, a new 360 seat cinema in the Pavilion Arts Centre and long-established annual festivals of music, arts, literature and food. And if local food tickles your fancy, the Pavilion Gardens hosts a monthly local farmers’ market. Further afield, iconic tourist attractions like Chatsworth House make a perfect day out with friends or family.
Life is only a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see, so broaden your horizons by experiencing the best of current culture in and around Buxton.