For other places with the same name, see Buxton (disambiguation).
Buxton Crescent and St Ann's Well in Buxton

Buxton is an ancient spa town in the Peak District, England. It is in the county of Derbyshire which is officially classified as part of the East Midlands but it is probably more associated with the North West of England. It is the main place for the High Peak Borough, for both administrative and for retail.

Buxton is known across the world for its bottled spring water which is marketed by the Buxton Mineral Water Company (owned by Nestlé Waters UK). During the summer months, the local economy benefits from an influx of tourists who visit the surrounding Peak District region. Buxton also plays host to a number of summer festivals which draw large numbers of visitors too.

A panoramic view of Buxton

Get in

By train

Buxton is served by Northern Rail, the last station on the line from Manchester Piccadilly; however, Buxton is served by regular trains to Blackpool North and Preston which run through Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport. Visit Northern Rail for timetable.

By bus

High Peak buses provides services to and from a number of locations including Manchester, Manchester airport, Matlock and Derby.

By car

Buxton is not close to Britain's motorway network. However, it is a crossing point of some major trunk roads, such as the A6 from Both Manchester and Matlock, the A54 from Congleton, the A537 from Macclesfield, the A53 from Stoke-on-Trent and the A515 coming in from Derby and Ashbourne. Each route is very picturesque, but be wary of the A53, A54 and A537, as these are currently considered (as of 2007) among the most accident-prone roads in England, but are getting safer. Since all of these routes are high-level they are frequently affected by snow and ice in winter and subject to closure.

By plane

Buxton does not have its own airport, but is easily accessible from Manchester Airport, via rail (see getting there by train) and bus, and East Midlands Airport.

Get around




There is a large selection of shops on the main pedestrian street.

Buxton is the home of Buxton Spring Water which is sold round the world, but if you are in town make sure you get some free water from the well that is in the centre by the Royal Crescent.



Buxton offers a wide range of accommodation, from Bed and Breakfast establishments to luxury hotels. However, during the more popular summer festivals, all accommodation within reasonable walking distance of the Opera House may be booked well in advance.

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