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History of Buxton

History of Buxton
  • council: High Peak
  • population: 20,836
  • phone code: 01298
  • postcode area: SK17
  • county: Derbyshire
  • twin Towns: Oignies - France, Bad Nauheim - Germany

A perfect base for enjoying all the Peak District has to offer

Set in the heart of the English Peak District, Buxton owes much to its history as a fashionable spa in the 18th and 19th centuries and to the investments of the Dukes of Devonshire. Today, as a major visitor destination, it attracts well over a million visitors a year, who come to enjoy its fine architecture, parks, gardens and natural attractions, cultural and music events, accommodation and conference facilities, its market and its range of national chain stores and independent shops.

The town is also the source of Buxton Mineral Water and hosts the International Opera and Gilbert and Sullivan Festivals. Already the main centre for accommodation in the Peak District (making it an idea base for exploring the surrounding area), Buxton is also within easy reach of the cities of Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby.

Retailers, accommodation and entertainment providers, local amenity groups and the local Council jointly promote the town under the umbrella of the Brighter Buxton Partnership. The partnership works together to encourage investment in the town, bringing in almost £10 million over the last decade. Brighter Buxton has also produced a Town Guide and a Business Plan for 2000-2003.

For more information on Buxton and the surrounding area, call the Tourist Information Centre on 01298 25106, or click through to the following sites:

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