The Rural Beauty of Buxton
Buxton is a beautiful, rural spa town located in the delightful peaks and rolling hills of Derbyshire; the sense of tranquillity imposed by the lack of towering skyscrapers and raucous vehicles attracts thousands of visitors every year. Enjoy a relaxing retreat from the demanding duress of everyday life in this gorgeous Midlands town at the heart of the treasured Peak District.
Explore the Subterranean Depths of Poole's Cavern
An exciting stop on every Buxton itinerary is a visit to the dazzling depths of Poole's Cavern; take leave of the beautiful woodland trails above to descend into the subterranean tunnels of the vast limestone caverns with expert guides, wandering past glittering pools of water, remarkable rock formations and crystal stalactites that line the cavernous chambers. Return to sea level in order to wander the enchanting Grinlow Woodland, a sprawling forest of towering trees and wonderful wildlife. During your serene stroll you're likely to encounter resplendent flowers such as wild strawberry and knapweed, in addition to size stunning species of orchid that grow naturally amongst the flora and fauna. Next, conquer the gentle incline of Grin Hill to admire spectacular views of the Peak District and one of Buxton's most alluring landmarks, Solomon's Temple. The spectacular structure rises from the centre of an ancient burial mound upon a site of historical significance, upon which an archaeological dig revealed several Bronze age skeletons.
The Historic Centre and the Devonshire Dome
Allow your eyes to feast upon more examples of stunning 18th century architecture at Buxton's answer to St. Paul's Cathedral, The Devonshire Dome. The Grade 2 listed building was built in 1779 for the affluent Duke of Devonshire, and is now used as the base for Buxton University. Sip aromatic English tea and nibble upon indulgent pastries and the locally made Bakewell Tarts beneath the stunning domed roof. The warm, intimate and splendid design of the Buxton Opera House entices travellers from every corner of the Unite Kingdom. Every year the treasure theatrical venue presents over 450 performances from within the exquisitely beautiful Edwardian theatre. Either marvel at the architectural majesty of the exterior or venture inside to enjoy a diverse range of visual arts. Continue to satisfy your craving for culture with a visit to the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery to discover the town's agricultural and industrial history in addition to some exemplary pieces of local art.
Tram Tours and Taste Bud Tantalisers
Before the sun sets upon the verdant peaks surrounding Buxton, travel back in time on the Victorian tram tour of the city. The tour takes visitors on a visually stunning journey through the majestic architecture and rich history of the town, concluding at the simple yet moving structure of St. Anne's Church. Complete your delightful day in Derbyshire with an unforgettable dining experience at the impeccably chic Columbine Restaurant; the rich produce of the surrounding areas ensures only the highest quality cuisine is served here. Begin with the unique flavours of white Stilton and walnut pate, moving onto a succulent leg of Gressingham duck smothered in orange marmalade jus and ending with a traditional slice of creamy bread and butter pudding. Toast a pint of locally brewed real ale for an exquisite end to your splendid sojourn.