Monday, May 9, 2011



Buxton: An old spa town in the Peak District National Park. Closest to East Midlands Airport, about 1 ½ hours from the city of Derby. Buxton is very walkable, in fact you don’t need any public transport here.

Buxton in the valley

Pavilion Gardens: Buxton is centered on this beautifully manicured park with flowers, ponds, and lots of wildlife and birds. There is a small train that runs around the park for kids to enjoy. Near the end of the park is St. Ann’s Well, an old well that pours famed Buxton Mineral water for you to enjoy for free. Come fill your water bottle up here.

Near the University at the bottom of the hill, you will find a shopping area with lots of thrift stores, clothing, and food stores as well as cafes. Aldi and Morrisons are big grocery chains with cheap deals which are close to this area.

Market Street runs at the top of the hill through the other end of Buxton where you will find the Buxton Museum and some more small shops and cafes. On Saturday there is a market where you can find fresh local fruit and random things people are trying to sell.


Firenze- An Italian restaurant with decent prices. Most mains are 7-9 pounds and starters run from 3-6 pounds. We got some delicious starters and bread and split a good half carafe of the house wine. Very good and filling!


Cheshire Cheese Pub: This pub had some amazing deals. We each got a pint of cider and the total was 5,50 pounds! What a deal, each was 2,75. They had a billiard table, juke box, stage for live music, and some TV’s to watch the world cup, which is what we did. Ghana went home that day. The locals in this pub were nice and talked to us about living in Buxton.

Nature Walk: Up near Poole’s Cavern (old underground water caverns you can see if you want to pay 8 pounds per person :-P ) there are some beautiful nature trails where you can see stunning views of the Peak District countryside for free. Solomon’s Temple, a small old castle at the top of the hill gives good panorama shots of beautiful green rolling hills, sheep, cows, birds, and Buxton in the valley.


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