On the edge of the Peak District National Park, Buxton is a spa town in Derbyshire that’s famous for its natural thermal, spa waters. It’s little wonder then that there are a number of highly regarded spas and spa hotels close by.
A fun fact for you - Buxton is the highest market town in England, standing at over 300 metres above sea level. Its popularity amongst tourists dates to the 14th century, but its reputation for its healing waters can be traced back to the Romans and even further. The area has an illustrious history as the playground of the royals, and is home to a variety of attractions that turn a Buxton spa break into a whole weekend of entertainment. For example, there’s the Buxton Opera House, heritage trails, the Buxton Museum & Art Gallery, and architectural inspiration such as the magnificent Georgian Crescent, built in the 1780s.
For those seeking more adventurous pursuits, there’s also Buxton Raceway, Go Ape, and a two-million-year-old natural limestone cave to explore - Poole’s Cavern. The location is very much the gateway to the Peak District with its wide variety of hikes and outdoor activities surrounded by magnificent natural beauty. Buxton is not short on retail therapy either. Its array of independent shops, fairs and markets, including the atmospheric Cavendish Arcade in the old Hot Baths is always a popular destination.
Alongside this combination of natural beauty and heritage, Buxton’s spa and hospitality scene offers much appeal in its own right. Close by, visitors will find some of the most luxurious spas in the UK, such as Mottram Hall, famed for its Champneys spa and Ringwood Hall Hotel and Spa, known for its modern spa with a vintage twist. There are also lots of options from short spa days to lengthy spa breaks, romantic spa getaways or trips with friends to celebrate special occasions or simply just because.