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What to See & Do: 48 hours in Buxton

This itinerary based in the historic spa and market town of Buxton, famed for its natural spring water and Georgian architecture.


The town was founded by the Romans who called it Aquae Arnemetiae or Spa of the Goddess of the Grove.

Itinerary Schedule

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Day One

Explore Buxton

Start your journey at the information centre. Collect your Buxton Town Guide and/or purchase Buxton Guide and Souvenir which includes more information & 2 circular walks up into the hills surrounding the town. Stroll through the beautiful 23 acres of gardens and Victorian Conservatory –or enjoy some leisurely shopping in the Gift Boutique, with a coffee or tea with light bite or breakfast - all in Pavilion Café or Coffee Bar.

Option 1 “Discover Buxton” Victorian Tram Tour-a one hour guided tour of Buxton’s landmarks and iconic buildings- or pre book a guided tour or themed walk through the same company...

Option 2 Follow the self guided Buxton Heritage trail found inside the official Buxton Town Guide taking you to all the historical sites ensuring you sample the Buxton spa water at St Ann’s well

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Day One

Lunch option - Pavilion Gardens

Enjoy lunch in the scenic surroundings of the Pavilion Gardens, a Grade II listed historic venue which superbly shows off the Victorian splendour of Buxton, with a cafe serving delicious home-cooked food.

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Day One

Poole's Cavern - Guided Tour 45 minutes

Walk up to Solomon's Temple for a panoramic view of the town and surrounding countryside. A guided tour of the cavern will take around 45 minutes. There's a great cafe too if you fancy coffee and cake.

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Day One

Spend the night in Buxton

Use Buxton Town Guide to find choice of restaurant and drinks venue, or possibly choose a show at the opera house or Pavilion Arts Centre.

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Day Two

Option 1: Activities and Retail therapy

Head out on a Go Ape adventure or enjoy some retail therapy in the Pavilion Gardens gift boutique and Gallery in the Gardens which showcases original artwork from over 40 local artisans, the Cavendish Arcade offers specialist and boutique shopping, and Higher Buxton, where the town’s traditional market place is home to some wonderful independent retailers.

Explore the pedestrianised Spring Gardens, the principal shopping street of the town with independent and major national retailers. Not forgetting an exciting new venture, the Arches, an old corn mill that has been transformed into an artisan market (open Thursday-Sunday).

Buxton Market itself is to be found on the market place Tuesdays and Saturdays. There are many excellent coffee shops in the town to take a coffee break.

Day Two

Option 2: Visit the Buxton Museum

Visit the Buxton Museum (closed Mondays), fresh from a major refurbishment, for an excellent insight into Buxton’s past and the Green Man Gallery next door which showcases and sells many wonderful works of local art (closed Thursdays).

Walk up the hill past the town’s historic marketplace to Scrivener’s , a real find for bibliophiles! Stored over 5 floors you will find an amazing collection of rare, antique and second hand books, which has won the bookstore the accolade of The Observer’s comment “five floors of dusty ,toppling heaven for the bibliophile…”

On the way back down the hill, pop into Potters - a truly original ladies' and gentlemen’s outfitters with a bygone charm of its own.

Take a late lunch - browse the list in the Buxton Town Guide… and make your choice.

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Day 2

Walk up to Corbar Cross

Walk up to Corbar Cross-(following the route in the Buxton Guide and Souvenir booklet) for a panoramic view of the town on one side and the Peak District on the other.

Have a welcome and earned pre dinner drink, before dining out and then taking in a show at the opera house or a visit to a local pub depending on your choice the first night.

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Bike Hire

Why not Explore Buxton & beyond on an e-bike?

Looking to have an awesome adventure out in the Peak District? Then why not hire an e-bikes, perfect for friends and families. Peak Ascent offer an E-bike Hire service, which caters for parties of up to four on hybrid E-bikes.

At just £55 per day per bike (£40 for half a day) its a fun and environmentally friendly way to explore.

To find out more or to book your bike call on 01298 299011 or send an e-mail to to book in advance.

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