Top things to do

Top Choice Gardens in Buxton

Pavilion Gardens

Adjoining Buxton's opulent opera house is the equally flamboyant Pavilion Gardens. These 9.3 hectares are dotted with domed pavilions; concerts take place in the bandstand throughout the year. The main building cont…
Cave in Buxton

Poole's Cavern

A pleasant mile-long stroll southwest from the town centre brings you to Poole's Cavern. This magnificent natural limestone cavern is reached by descending 28 steps; the temperature is a cool 7°C. Tours last 50 minu…
Opera in Buxton

Opera House

Designed by theatre architect Frank Matcham in 1903 and restored in 2001, Buxton's gorgeous opera house hosts a full program of drama, dance, concerts and comedy. Guided backstage tours lasting 90 minutes can be boo…
Books in Buxton

Scrivener's Books & Bookbinding

At this delightfully chaotic bookshop, sprawling over five floors, books are filed in piles and the Dewey system has yet to be discovered.
Historic Building in Buxton

Buxton Crescent & Thermal Spa

In Victorian times, spa activities centred on Buxton's extravagant baths, built in Regency style in 1854 and fronted by the Crescent, a grand, curving facade inspired by the Royal Crescent in Bath. Following extensi…
Modern British in Buxton

Columbine Restaurant

On the lane leading down beside the town hall, this understated restaurant is the top choice among discerning Buxtonites. The chef conjures up imaginative dishes primarily made from local produce, such as High Peak …
International in Buxton

Barbarella's

Black-and-white paisley wallpaper, chandeliers and glossy timber tables make this sleek retro wine bar the hottest drinking den in Buxton but it's an equally stellar place to dine on sharing boards and deli platters…
Shopping Centre in Buxton

Cavendish Arcade

Covered by a barrel-vaulted, stained-glass canopy, Cavendish Arcade houses boutiques selling upmarket gifts.
Arts in Buxton

Buxton Festival

One of the largest cultural festivals in the country, the 17-day Buxton Festival attracts top names in literature, music and opera at venues including the opera house.
Pub in Buxton

Old Sun Inn

The cosiest of Buxton's pubs, this 17th-century coaching inn has a warren of rooms full of original features, proper cask ales and a lively crowd that spans the generations.