An ideal base for visitors who want to explore the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District during the day and stroll around Buxton in the evenings. It is the highest market town in England, with many restaurants, old pubs, bars and clubs to visit anytime.
Buxton is a Spa Town in the Derbyshire Peak District that has attracted bathers for many hundreds of years (starting with the Romans) to its warm spring waters. You can fill your own bottles from the spring at St Anne’s fountain that flows freely 24hrs a day.
The old thermal baths were extremely popular during Victorian times for therapeutic healing and well being. Also Queen Mary of Scots was a regular visitor in the 1500s staying in the Old Hall Hotel until her cousin Queen Elizabeth 1 had her head removed..!
The Buxton summer music festivals and impressive architecture, in particular the Crescent built for the 5th Duke of Devonshire to rival that of Bath, the well known Opera House with regular performances of opera, ballet, drama and comedy.
The 23 acre Pavilion Gardens with its Winter Gardens and Octagon Suite home to antiques, crafts and specialist fairs.
The Devonshire Royal Hospital originally built as stables for the Duke of Devonshire, the only unsupported dome in the world and until recent times the second largest in the world.
The town’s showpiece Pavilion Gardens is the only park in the East Midlands to boast a coveted Green Heritage Award, It was only one of four shortlisted finalists for the prize of Best Park in Britain – which is only a 5 minute stroll from Smithys Cottage.
Poole’s Cavern and Country Park, set in woodland one mile from the town centre, offering the natural wonders of a limestone cavern.
There are many long distance or local walks from Buxton into the Derbyshire Peak District and plenty to see in Buxton itself to make an ideal holiday break.
Some of the events during the year include the Buxton Festival, the Gilbert & Sullivan Festival and the many celebrated Well Dressings.
We can put you in touch with Blue Badge Guides and other companies that offer a personal tour and walk (or just a walk). There is also a cycle company that will deliver cycles to the door for your use during your stay.
Travel Options to Smithys Cottage
Buxton is well served by public transport links from Manchester, Derby, Sheffield and Nottingham for those who do not want to use their car.
By Bus:- The main bus stops only 250m from the cottage which apart using to get to Buxton also gives easy access to explore all parts of the Peak District – check the links for local and national bus services.
By Train:- The railway station is about a half mile from the cottage – a taxi to the cottage from the station costs around £5 – just ask for “Smithys Cottage on Church Street”. Train tickets are available from the link – the JAM TAXIS on 01298 72333 or BUXTON RADIO TAXIS on 01298 23457. Alternatively a 15 min walk by the town centre – click directions in left hand column for a map.
By Car:- If you do use your own car or one hired from an airport (NB. car hire is available from the link in the left hand column) we have easy and private off-road parking next to the cottage.
In and around Buxton:-
How Far To:-
Bus Stops – 250m
Sainsbury’s Local – 300m (supermarket)
Tesco’s Express (24hrs) & Garage – 300m (supermarket)
Waitrose – 1000m (supermarket)
Morrisons – 850m (supermarket)
Marks & Spencer – 900m
Post Office – 200m
Railway Station – 850m
Market – 250m (Tuesdays and Saturdays)
Main Shopping Area – 450m
Swimming Pool – 800m
Opera House – 750m
Tourist Information Centre – 650m
Airport – 20 miles
Golf Course – 1 mile
Library – 500m
Museum – 400m
Attractions within Walking Distance (say 2 miles)
Buxton Opera House – behind the scenes tours-most Saturdays 11am £10 per person
Curbar Cross (view point)
St Annes Well (free Buxton Spa Water)
The Slopes, Crescent and Pump House
Old Baths (shopping centre)
Buxton Market (Saturdays and Tuesdays)