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.
By trainBuxton 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 busHigh Peak buses provides services from a number of locations including Manchester, Manchester airport, Matlock and Derby.
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 planeBuxton does not have its own airport, but is easily accessible from Manchester Airport (MAN), via rail (see getting there by train) and bus, and East Midlands Airport (EMA).
phone: +44 1298 79648A 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.
Buxton CrescentBuilt 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.
phone: +44 1298 23114address: St. John's Road, SK17 6BELandscape garden and lakes
Poole's CavernShow 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.
Solomon's TempleVictorian folly tower on top of a Bronze Age barrow.
phone: +44 1298 72190address: Water Street, SK17 6XNThere 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 Hitmen SpeedwayThe Buxton Hitmen are in the National League in the United Kingdom's motorcycle speedway.
phone: +44 1298 79320
phone: +44 1298 71017address: Ashbourne RoadStocks a good range of local-interest titles as well as a wide range of general-interest titles at bargain prices.
phone: +44 1298 78752address: 7 Hall Bank
phone: +44 1298 78388address: 35 High Street
phone: +1 1298 213 541tearooms
phone: +44 871 221 0253address: Palace Rd, Buxton SK17 6AG
phone: +44 1298 22841address: The Square
phone: +44 1298 23002address: 30 Manchester Road
phone: +44 1298 85202address: Rockfield House, Flagg Lane, FlaggTwo two-bedroomed holiday cottages appointed to a high standard with breathtaking views of the surrounding Peak District.