Local Area Information


Buxton is at the heart of the Peak District and whichever way you leave the town you are in the most amazing countryside within a matter of minutes.  My favourite road is the A5004 which takes you to the Goyt Valley where the scenery is spectacular. 

For information about the Goyt Valley click here

If you enjoy cycling then there are many trails and off roading bike opportunities nearby.  The link below shows you whwre they are and also where you can hire bikes. 


In Buxton itself there is so much to see and do.  It is always worth checking out the links below for events and actitivites that may be going on during your stay. 

Visit Buxton website

Pavillion Gardens website - this has many events and fairs including a monthly farmers market

Buxton Opera House 


Buxton Leisure Centre – this has a swimming pool and a Gym. 

for a link to the leisure centre please click here


Places of interest to visit whilst in Buxton are:

Pooles Cavern – (Green Lane. Buxton) this is well worth a visit on a rainy day.  Often a hot drink is included in the entry price.   

On the same site to this is a Go Ape centre and Solomon's Temple – this is an old folly which you get to following a short walk through the woods behind Pooles Cavern.  This is great fun with children as there are a lot of places to hide when you get to the top.  

Pooles Cavern

Go ape


The University of Derby and Devonshire Dome

The Dome is one of Buxton's most famous landmarks.  Built in the late 18th century as the Great Stables by the 5th Duke of Devonshire, it provided facilities for up to 120 horses and accomodation for the servants accompanying visitors who were staying in the Crescent.  Nearly a century after its construction, the building was converted to become the Devonshire Royal Hospital. In 2001 the University of Derby acquired the building and the Dome is now a campus for both the University and Buxton College.


Where to eat and drink

Buxton and the surrounding area has so many great places to eat and drink that I couldn’t possible name them all.  Here are some of our favourites.

Great places to have a drink are –

The Tap House (3-4 minutes from the flat  - a local brewery has recently set up this bar)

The Sun Inn - 10/15 walk from the flat, a lovely old fashioned but well done out pub with fantastic food and real ales.   

The Red Willow  (3-4 minutes from the flat - local beer and a good selection of gin's)

Beer and Bean (3-4 minutes from the flat - nice cocktails and waffles!)

Bar Rene (3-4 minutes from the flat)

Seasons (3-4 minutes from the flat)


Great places to eat are – (assume you will need to book for an evening meal)

Santiago  - Brand new Tapas, our favourite and really good for food or a drink - booking essential for an evening although a lunchtime in the week is a bit quieter - 01298 384577 George Street but often better to call in to book.  

The Sacro Lounge - Spring Gardens - Open all day for breakfast through to an evening meal, good choice and deals on every day - we enjoy their quiz night on Tuesday alongside Tapas Tuesday from 7.00.    

Simply Thai – Cavendish Circus – 01298 24471 (you will need to book, fantastic food never had a bad meal or experience)

Chakra Lounge - Spring Gardens they now do food on a Friday and Saturday evening until 9 really tasty indian based.  You can find them on the internet 

Columbine – 7 Hall Bank – 01298 78752 (British Cuisine)

Lone Star – George Street – 01298 73301 (American/Mexican – great food BIG portions)

St Moritz – 7 Cavendish Circus – 01298 22225 (Swiss, the children’s menu is very reasonable)

Pizza Express – 14 Cavendish Arcade – 01298 249222 (Bright and modern restaurant, gets very busy so you will need to book)

The Old Hall Hotel – The Square – 01298 22841 (you will need to book to eat in this restaurant as hotel guests get first places, a little bit more pricey). 

The Taj Mahal is our only Indian Restaurant which is about a 10 minutes walk.  Taj Mahal 01298 78388 

 There are so many more but this should get you started!  

There is also The Cavendish kitchen which is a fantastic stone baked Pizza Takeaway open most evenings you just turn up and order and wait 10 minutes.  You just walk down the main road into town past the dome and it is right in front of you.   

Further afield

Tideswell has 2 lovely cafes and is very near the Monsal trail.  High Nelly's and Vanilla Kitchen are both worth a look as they both serve fantastic food.  You will need to just check they are open as they are shut certain days of the week.  They are both on the main street.  

For a great Sunday Lunch go to The Royal Oak in Hurdlow – 01298 83696.  It has won many awards and the food is very tasty!


For lighter bites and lunchtimes

No. 6 the square – a lovely traditional tearoom opposite the opera house.  They also do Gluten free options.  Great for lunch or afternoon tea. 

Cafe@The Green Pavillion – Really tasty food, just undergoing a transformation.    

The Pavillion Gardens restaurant – Good value food with good service - we have recently had an afternoon tea there - great price and friendly service

The Herb Garden  - A small cafe which is all vegetarian and you feel ilke you are in someones living room!  Very tasty food on offer and very reasonably priced

The Chakra Lounge - An indian cafe with amazing unusual food which is really good.  They also do breakfast.  Again really good value