Welcome to Buxton, the town founded by Romans, called Aquae Arnametiae or SPA of the Goddess of the Grove.
Famous for its natural spring water and Georgian architecture, Buxton is an eye-pleaser. The awe-inspiring centrepiece, the Georgian Crescent and soon to be a 5* Spa Hotel is going to add an extra dimension to the towns architectural heritage and no doubt a splash of glamour.
My favourite bit of the visit was walking through the Cavendish Arcade. Originally designed as a thermal bath in 1854, it now houses little shops and cafes.
The grade II listed Neo-Classical thermal bath features the original plunge bath and Minton tiling.
I couldn’t stop admiring the stained glass barrel-vaulted ceiling composed by Brian Clark. The colours and feature were mesmerizing. I didn’t want to leave the place.
We slowly struggled up the beautiful green Slopes, enjoying the warm autumn sunshine. At the top we found the Town Hall and The Market Place – officially the highest in England.
A walk down High Street brought us to St Anne’s Church. Unintentionally, we merged with a group of senior tourist and I was eavesdropping about the church that was built in 1625. It was closed for service and we couldn’t see the interior, but exterior was enough to spark my imagination.
Before driving to another place that we planned to see, we had a lovely stroll and fed some ducks in the ornamental Pavilion Gardens. The garden looked very autumnal, with colourful leaves falling to the ground and golden trees standing tall and proud.
There is so much to do and see and I am not surprised at all that Buxton is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Peak District.