Buxton

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 Buxton

Travel into Buxton, there is a large car park near the pavilion building. Walk to the park area and gardens, restored in original Victorian style with well kept varied flora and waterway themes. Set out with small bridges, lakes and ponds, and man made streams full of wildlife. There is a mini train operates around the grounds which, on a pleasant day, you can take a ride on for a small fee. On Sundays the Victorian bandstand is put to use and you can sit and listen to the bands play. See the delights of the pavilion building take the first entrance where there is a small coffee bar leading into the gift boutique with a modern theme selling local gifts and food. In the next room the gallery displays local artists and craft workers items, and in a further room a large conservatory full of plants and shrubs.

Pavilion Grounds

Pavilion Grounds

Buxton Pavilion Grounds

Pavilion Grounds

Buxton Pavilion

Buxton Pavilion

Once out of the building walk into the square and admire the full architectural show piece the 1903 Opera house. To continue the glory walk down the hill at the side of the gardens and view the crescent buildings and Buxton Bath. Enter the building and check out the plunge bath, stained glass roof and the magnificent tiling. Take a look the Cavendish arcade shopping centre for gifts and craft goods, then come out and walk across the road and view the Spring Gardens shops with fronts covered with glass canopies, ideal if it’s raining. A stone street takes you into varied selection of shops, a mix of old and new.

Buxton is a spa town with the highest elevation in England. It is the home to Poole’s Cavern, an large limestone cavern who’s name derives from an outlaw of that name, who reputedly used the cave as a lair in the fifteenth century. There is also St Ann’s Well, fed by the geothermal spring which is bottled and sold by Buxton Mineral Water Company.

Pooles Cavern

Pooles Cavern

St Annes Well

St Annes Well

The Opera House

The Opera House