There is no shortage of things you can do around and about Buxton and the Peak District National Park. There’s a very helpful Tourist Information Centre in the Pavillion Gardens, just behind our lovely Opera House.
Buxton Opera House has a wide ranging programme – for latest shows and festival details visit the Buxton Opera House website.
Pooles Cavern is a natural limestone cavern lying underneath 100 acres of woodland in Buxton. The cave is 1,000ft in length, and with only 16 steps, is suitable for all ages. Inside you can see lots of beautiful rock formations which including stalactites and stalagmites. For more information visit their website.
Other Places to Visit
Chatsworth House and Gardens
The home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth lies a few short miles from Buxton (which was developed by successive Dukes).
It lies in the Derwent Valley and is the grandest and best-loved of the stately homes in Britain. Chatsworth also has gardens, farmyard and adventure playground. For more information visit their website.
Haddon Hall is the finest example of a medieval manor house in England. The hall is owned by the Duke of Rutland and lies on the River Wye, just south of Bakewell. The hall is almost unaltered since the end of the 16th century. In the 1920’s the 9th Duke realised how special Haddon hall was and began to restore it
The magnificent church of St John the Baptist in Tideswell is known as the ‘Cathedral of the Peak’, and is the largest and most perfect churches in the area largely unaffected by the Victorians. It has the longest non-cathedral aisle in the country.
Tideswell was recorded in the Domesday book. It is home to many wonderful shops including a fascinating bookshop with a gift/craft shop next door. There are also cafés and pubs selling a range of food and drink .
Castleton is a Norman garrison village for Peveril Castle which stands on a hill above the village. The village is also overlooked by Mam Tor, topped by a Bronze and Iron Age hill fort known as ‘Shivering Mountain’. The nearby Treak Cliff contains a unique source of fluorspar, Blue John, whose attractive purplish veining is seen in huge vases and urns at many historic houses and at the village’s Ollerenshaw Collection. castleon has an excellent visitor centre and many shops selling Blue John. For more information visit www.bluejohnstone.com.
Eyam, the plague village, is one of the best preserved villages in the area. During the Black Death in 1665, the villagers went into voluntary quarantine when the plague was imported from London. Eighty per cent of the village’s population died. A museum in the village chronicles their bravery.
Above the village lies Eyam Moor. It is a fine area for walking and has some of the the best views in Derbyshire (especially from the Barrel Inn). There are many Bronze Age remains and monuments on the moor too..
Bakewell is the National Park’s largest town and houses a bustling cattle market. Bakewell lies on the wooded banks of the River Wye. The name of the town is famous for the marvellous Bakewell Pudding, created by accident when a harassed cook in the Rutland Arms.
The Wye Valley
A short drive east along the A6 lies the Wye Valley which includes Chee Dale, Miller’s Dale and Water-cum-Jolly Dale. A series of beautiful nature reserves make this a superb place to explore. Long or short walks are available and there’s a wealth of wildlife to spot along the way including the bobbing Dipper.