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What's On / What's On in Buxton

In the late 18th century Buxton followed the fashion of Bath and other centres and was developed as a spa by the great local landowner, the 5th Duke of Devonshire. It is now one of Derbyshire's main holiday resorts and, indeed, one of the main inland resorts in the UK. Nestled in the heart of the Peak District it offers tourists, young and old alike, a whole range of things to see and do.

Swimming Pool The Crescent Tourist Information Centre The Opera House The Pavilion Gardens The Town Hall Museum & Art Gallery

Spa Swimming Pool
St John's Road, Buxton. SK17 8NE
Telephone: (01298) 26548

Set on the northern edge of the 25 acre site of the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton Spa Pool boasts its therapeutically blue, natural mineral water in a traditional 25 metre pool; it also includes a teaching pool.

Opening Times:
All year

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The Crescent
Buxton, Derbyshire. SK17 6BQ
Telephone: (01298) 25106 | Fax. (01298) 73153

Built by John Carr between 1780 and 1784 and included a ballroom and an Assembly Room. Above this to the west, he built a circular set of stables, which were later given to charity and converted into what was then the Devonshire Royal Hospital. This conversion involved covering the circular centre area of the stables with a huge slate covered iron framed dome, which until recently this was the largest unsupported dome in the world. Adjacent to the Crescent are the former 'Thermal Baths' and 'The Old Hall Hotel' which were built between 1851 and 1853 and were once the town house of Bess of Hardwick and her husband the Earl of Shrewsbury.

Opening Times:
All year

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Tourist Information Centre
The Crescent, Buxton, Derbyshire. SK17 6BQ
Telephone: (01298) 25106 | Fax. (01298) 73153

Opening Times:
All year

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Buxton Opera House
Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6XN
Telephone: (01298) 72190 (Box Office)

Built by Frank Matcham in 1903 but later rescued and restored from near ruin in 1980. The Opera House stands in 25 acres of ornamental gardens in the heart of Buxton, which is on the fringes of Derbyshire's Peak District. It is an exquisite building with beautiful decoration and superb acoustics and has since formed the centre for an annual festival of opera, which takes place from mid July to early August. Its events diary is always full, with shows and performances to suit all tastes.

Opening Times:
All year

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The Pavilion Gardens
St Johns Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6XN
Telephone: (01298) 23114 | Fax: (01298) 27622

Built in 1871 by Edward Milner. The gardens make a pleasant place to relax, and there is a hot house with a range of tropical plants. The adjoining Octagon is a favoured location for antiques and craft fairs.
Also housed within the pavilion gardens is a Restaurant, Lounge Bar, self-service Cafeteria and Coffee Shop, offering a wide range range of refreshments.

Opening Times:
Monday to Sunday 10am to 5.30pm (Easter - September) & Monday to Sunday 10am - 3pm (October - March).

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Town Hall
Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6EL
Telephone: (01298) 28400

It was built in the 1888 from a design by William Pollard, and was open for use by 1889. Previously, on the same site stood the market hall which was consumed by fire.
At the turn of the nineteenth century, the Town Hall also housed the local library. which included a reading room and a museum.

Opening Times:
All year

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The Buxton Museum
Terrace Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6DA
Telephone: (01298) 24658

This is an excellent place from which to begin to appreciate the landscape and history of the Peak District, it won the 'Museum of the Year' award in 1990. Upstairs is the art gallery which houses regular exhibitions from local artists. Downstairs there are geological and historical finds, such as the Boyd-Dawkins material.

Opening Times:
Tuesdays to Fridays 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, and Saturdays 9.00 am - 5.00 pm and Sundays from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm from Easter to October.

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