Nestled in the heart of the town opposite our magnificent Grade I listed Buxton Crescent Hotel, Buxton Visitor Centre and gift shop is a superb base for discovering the best that Buxton and the surrounding Peak District has to offer. Ahead of Christmas and to coincide with the opening of the hotel this month, the gift shop has expanded its range further.
Buxton is well known for its history and heritage as a spa town, named Aqua Arnemetiae by Roman soldiers who once came here. For centuries visitors have been lured by Buxton’s healing spa waters, including Mary Queens of Scots in 1583 when she stayed at the historic Old Hall Hotel. The boom in ‘taking the waters’ and the craze for spa water cures swept Victorian Britain with Buxton and its rival Bath at the helm of this boom.
Inspiration for the gift shop comes from Buxton’s spa town heritage as well as the Georgian and Victorian elegance of the town.
You’ll find homewares, exclusive gifts, stylish stationery, well designed mementoes, local interest books, maps and more. There’s now a wider range of specially selected items for the little ones – ideal stocking fillers. The unique range of glass bottles give visitors the opportunity to fill them at St Ann’s Spring outside the Visitor Centre.
A carefully chosen selection of items are available from David Mellor; internationally known designer and manufacturer of high quality table and kitchenware. A jewellery range made with real flowers handcrafted with sterling silver by Shrieking Violet feature British flowers at their best.
You’ll also find a wide range of greeting cards and postcards.
New covid secure measures in place
If you’re visiting Buxton for the day or you’re on holiday in the area and need help planning your trip, then the knowledgable team at Buxton Visitor Centre also course provide any information you need about Buxton and the Peak District.
Since reopening in July, new safety measures were implemented to help combat the spread of Covid-19. Face coverings should be worn and visitors are kindly asked for their contact details for track and trace purposes. The team have introduced a maximum capacity of 12 visitors at any one time. Enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures are also in place. Like many others, Buxton Visitor Centre holds the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard mark, introduced by VisitEngland earlier in the summer as part of their response to the pandemic and in support to tourism and hospitality businesses.
Shopping in the visitor centre directly supports operators Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust and helps to support the local economy with many items for sale in the shop sourced and produced locally.
More information about the Buxton Visitor Centre and Buxton Crescent Heritage Experience can be found on their website. Entry to the Buxton Visitor Centre is free and opening times are: Monday CLOSED, Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4.30pm, Sunday 10.30am – 4pm. Opening times may change subject to the on-going current situation.
Buxton Visitor Centre, The Pump Room, The Crescent, Buxton, SK17 6BQ
T: 01298 214577