Buxton Spa

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Buxton , United Kingdom
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In Victorian times, spa activities were centred on the extravagant Buxton Baths complex, built in grand Regency style in 1854. The various bath buildings are fronted by a grand, curving facade, known as the Crescent , inspired by the Royal Crescent in Bath. Today it sits empty, awaiting a developer with enough money to restore the town spa. For a taste of what the baths looked like in their heyday, pop around the corner to Cavendish Arcade , whose walls retain their original eggshell-blue art-deco tiles.

Across from the Crescent at the base of the Slopes is the empty Pump Room , which dispensed Buxton's spring water for nearly a century. Modern day health-tourists queue up to fill plastic bottles from a small spout known as St Ann's Well , immediately west of the Pump Room. It's worth climbing the green terraces of the Slopes for the definitive view over Buxton's grand Victorian rooftops.