Buxton Visitor Centre

Buxton Tourist Information

Buxton Visitor Centre, The Pump Room, The Crescent, Buxton, SK17 6BQ

T: 01298 214577

buxtoncrescentexperience.com/pump-room



About

Opening Times:

February 2022 Opening times

Until the 20th February

Wednesday to Sunday:

10am to 4pm

The 21st to the 28th of February

Monday to Saturday:

10am to 4pm

Sunday: 10.30 to 3.30pm

March 2022 Opening times

Wednesday to Saturday:

10am to 4pm

Sunday:  10.30 to 3.30pm

COVID-19 Information

  • Created more space in the building by moving display units and furniture to edges of the room
  • Screens at the main sales and information desk, to prevent the spread of infection and allow social distancing between staff and visitors
  • Increased cleaning and hygiene measures – staff hand washing, providing hand sanitiser to visitors on arrival, and regularly cleaning surfaces
  • Use contactless payments if possible

The highly knowledgable and experienced team of staff at Buxton Visitor Centre (The Pump Room) can help you plan your trip and offer information on Buxton, the High Peak and the Peak District area.

A wide range local information leaflets can be found here as well as free town maps.

The gift shop offers a wide range of quality locally sourced gifts and bespoke and exclusive souvenirs as well as a range of greeting cards and postcards, maps and a range of local interest books.

A carefully chosen selection of items are available from David Mellor; internationally known designer and manufacturer of high quality table and kitchenware.

Derbyshire jewellers C.W Sellors have created a bespoke range of sterling silver jewellery inspired by the Crescent facade and the oval shape of the pool in the Pump Room, available exclusively for sale here; the collection features white Carrara marble – representing the interior of the Pump Room – and the finest cut Derbyshire blue John gemstone.

There is also a jewellery range made with real flowers handcrafted with sterling silver by Shrieking Violet featuring British flowers at their best.

Many of the items in the shop reflect the spa heritage of Buxton as well as the Georgian and Victorian elegance of the town.

The unique range of glass bottles give visitors the opportunity to fill them at St Ann’s Spring outside the Visitor Centre.

Latest Events

The History of Afternoon Tea

Whilst legend has it that tea drinking goes back to ancient China, it was much later in the 16th century that Portuguese merchants brought it west. It became popular in England during the 1660s, when the Portuguese Infanta, Catherine de Braganza brought a chest of tea as a dowry for her marriage to Charles II. The credit for introducing the ceremony of afternoon tea, however, belongs to Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, in the 19th century. The habit of serving dinner at 8.00 p.m. left her with a ‘sinking feeling’ by late afternoon. To stave off hunger pangs, she ordered tea, sandwiches and cakes. Since she frequently entertained, her friends joined in and the tradition was established.

Enjoy the talk as Meryl explores the origins and the characters involved in this quintessential British ritual and what makes the perfect Afternoon tea.

When: 2nd March 2022, 7pm

Where: Online

Entry / Cost: £5 full price adult tickets £3 concessions – 65+ / Full time student / / in receipt of benefits £2 for friends of Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust

Bookings: buxtoncrescentexperience.com/tour/online-talk-history-of-afternoon-tea

The Waters of Buxton

A fascinating talk with Gill Williamson: The spring water at Buxton has been used for over 2000 years by local people, those passing through the area and visitors attracted by its qualities. This illustrated talk will describe the characteristics of the water, why people saw it as beneficial to their well-being and why its use fluctuated over time. You will be introduced to those who made it famous and their motives for coming to the springs. You will also hear why they went away and left them in relative obscurity.

When: 9th March 2022, 7pm, doors open at 6.30pm. Talk starts at 7pm sharp The talk will last around 45 minutes, and there will be time for questions and discussion at the end.

Where: The Pump Room (Buxton Visitor Centre)

Entry / Cost: £12 full price adult tickets £11 concessions* £10 friends of Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust Tickets are for unreserved seats. *65+, Full time student, in receipt of benefits (please take proof of concession on the evening).

Bookings: buxtoncrescentexperience.com/tour/buxton-pump-room-the-waters-of-buxton/

All Things Georgian

For those with an interest in the Georgian period, Sarah will be joining us for a light hearted, rapid, A-Z romp through the Georgian period.

She will cover a wide range of topics and share some of her research, everything from cradle to grave, the gin craze to fashion, some of the more gruesome topics of the time and everything in between, including a little about the monarchs, George I to IV and of course, not forgetting one of Buxton’s most notable visitors, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire.

All Things Georgian is exactly that, and no topics are out of bounds for Sarah. She aims to provide a potted history of the period and share some insights into what life would have been like for the nobility and the average person and The Pump Room provides the perfect venue for such an event.

When: 13th April 2022, 6.30pm

Where: The Pump Room (Buxton Visitor Centre)

Entry / Cost: £10 full price adult tickets £9 concessions* £8 friends of Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust Tickets are for unreserved seats. *65+, Full time student, in receipt of benefits (please bring proof of concession on the evening).

Ticket bookings for events

Bookings for all paid events can be made via Buxton Opera House, either online at buxtonoperahouse.org or in person or over the phone at the Box Office, Tel: 01298 72190. Tickets can also be purchased in person at Buxton Visitor Centre. Please quote your BCHT membership number for a ticket discount. For students discount, please present your current student I.D card.

Pump Room Hire for events

The Grade II listed Pump Room (Now Buxton Visitor Centre) is available to hire for evenings throughout the year. Opposite The Crescent in the heart of Buxton, it is a perfect venue for a very special function, reception, business event, cultural performance or social gathering. Click here for further details or contact the team via email at [email protected] or call 01298 338441.

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