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Buxton Amenities

Buxton amenities will not let down the shopper, the walker, the visitor or the resident as it has lots of superb family friendly attractions and places to go in wet weather.

The Pavilion Gardens is a model for stop off or a great day out for all the family with its gorgeous little model railway and a historic venue in the heart of Buxton retaining the Victorian splendour at its grandest. There is a lovely gift shop and the gallery, and this is where Buxton tourist information is situated. It also hosts an extensive conference and exhibition facility, a restaurant and cafe but also the swimming and fitness centre too. Not only this, but it is a place of stunning flowerbeds and shaded walks, a boating lake and a bandstand, there is also an extensive children's play park to keep the children amused for hours. It is also home to Buxton's newest theatre, the Pavilion Arts Centre, which can be reached through a short stroll through the gardens.

Shopping in Buxton means not been disappointed and they are spread throughout the town in four distinct shopping areas. Spring Gardens is the principal shopping street where national multiple retailers, an independent business dinners sit comfortably together with easy access to the station and customer parking. Cavendish Shopping Arcade is home to more than 15 independent retailers in the beautifully restored Buxton baths. Selling clothes and footwear, books and gifts, eco-friendly products and footwear, there is even a chocolatier. Buxton is the village within the town and boasts around 80 shops, establishments and services offering food and local produce. The shopping at the quadrant in George Street is the cosmopolitan area needs the University and the crescent is now home to a rich mix of independent and branded high-quality shops, diverse restaurants and bars.

Poole's Cavern, the First Wonder Of The Peaks, is a great day out for all the family and is a huge showcase limestone cavern, one of the finest showcasing England's boasting many strange and wondrous formations sculpted over millions of years. The modern visitor centre, cafe and children's play area are at the heart of Buxton country Park, and at the top of the hill is Solomon's Temple, a folly which provides a panoramic view of Buxton and the surrounding hills and stunning countryside.

Renowned for its Opera house, Buxton, never disappoints and this building is one of Britain's leading provincial theatres with visitors flocking from miles around. At offers over 450 performances every year, including children shows, drama and dance, music and pantomime and there are even shows on ice. Some fantastic TV comedians have made their debut here and gone on to great success and now have huge arena tours  and it is the site for the wonderful Buxton fringe Festival, a smaller scale version of Edinburgh and an annual event not to be missed. The town is full to bursting with shops, cafes and restaurants, holiday accommodation, parks and gardens.

The Devonshire Dome has a long and diverse history with a dome that can be seen from all parts of the town. It was built in 1779 for the fifth Duke of Devonshire, once provided facilities for up to 120 horses, accommodation for servants and ostlers of those stay in the Cresent, but now it is the campus of the University of Derby in Buxton and Buxton College. At one time it was the sight of the largest unsupported dome in Europe, open to visitors as well as students.