The Peak District
Right in the heart of England’s first National Park
Buxton is situated in Derbyshire and the Peak District and right on the edge of the Peak District National Park, England’s first ever national park. It’s an area sandwiched between the northern highlands of Britain and the southern lowland counties. It’s an area of contrasts and natural beauty, from rolling farmland, forests, limestone plateaus, dry stone walls, deep valleys, steep peaks and high grit stone moorland.
Nowhere else in the UK can you find such a wide variety of stunning landscapes in one area, as well as a wide range of things to see and do, combined with excellent places to eat and drink and to stay. It’s no wonder it is fast becoming a popular tourist destination in its own right.
Buxton is an excellent focal point to stay and to visit the many places in the Peak District. Originally founded by the Romans, who called it Aquae Arnemetiae, because of its natural spring waters. The fifth Duke of Devonshire put Buxton on the map back in the 1780s with the development of the Georgian Crescent (now being developed into a 5* spa hotel).Buxton boasts many other magnificent architecture examples, including The Pavilion Gardens and Buxton Opera House, which is home to the famed Buxton Festival, Gilbert & Sullivan Festival and Fringe Festival. And also the Devonshire Dome, the largest unsupported dome in the country with a diameter of 174ft, home to the University of Derby’s Buxton campus but open to visitors and for guided tours.
Find out more about Buxton and activities in the Peak District here.