Places to Visit and Things to Do

Here we list places of interest in and around Buxton with links to their websites including arts venues, spa venues, parks and leisure, activities, etc.:

Walking in the Peaks

Want to avoid the hassle of trying to find a good walk in the Peak District?

Walking The Peaks provide over 25 walk guides, each available for instant download as a PDF for only £2.49.

Each guide includes a detailed route description with photos of key navigation points, transport details, information of cafes and pubs, as well as the route shown on both a Harvey map and a link to Google Maps. You can also check out a video of the route before you buy.

Head to for more details.

Visit Buxton

Visit Buxton is an invaluable guide for visitors to the spa town of Buxton.

Visit for more information.

Buxton Opera House

Buxton Opera House, with its Baroque Revival interiors opened in 1903 and was designed by Thomas Matcham, one of Britain’s greatest theatre architects, who was also responsible for many of London’s great theatres including the London Palladium and London Coliseum.

The opera house hosts music, comedy, drama, ballet and opera throughout the year and is the home to the Buxton International Festival in July and the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in August.

A full programme of events can be found at

The Pavilion Arts Centre and Cinema

Buxton’s second theatre venue, The Pavilion Arts Centre sits behind the Opera House in the Pavilion Gardens and also hosts a 360 seat cinema that shows the latest releases. 

A full programme of events can be found at

Buxton Fringe Festival

Buxton Fringe is a vibrant open arts festival staged annually in July, alongside the Buxton International Festival, in venues throughout Buxton.

Find more information on the fringe website at

Pooles Cavern and Country Park

Pooles Cavern is a spectacular limestone cave on the outskirts of Buxton.  It is situated on the edge of Buxton Country Park, where visitors can walk on woodland trails to a viewpoint at Solomon,s Temple, overlooking the town of Buxton and surrounding Peak District.

Head over to to find out more.

Pavillion Gardens

Pavillion Gardens is an historic, Grade II listed, venue dating back to 1871, set within 23 acres of landscaped gardens in the centre of Buxton. 

More information can be found at the following link Pavillion Gardens.