The Queen’s Head Hotel is the ideal place to stay in Buxton. Comfortable and affordable lodgings are situated in a where the original stable block was located at the rear of the main bar. Higher Buxton has recently become the hip part of town and landmarks such as the Opera House, Pavilion Gardens and Poole’s Cavern are all a short walk away. The site of the Queen’s Head dates back centuries, which means you can bask in the heritage of England’s highest market town and contemplate exploring the Peak District on its doorstep.
Coach house dating back centuries
Back when a coaching inn first began trading here in the 1600s, Buxton was a different place. Most of the land was owned by the Duke of Devonshire (based 15 miles away at Chatsworth House) and the town was more of a fledgling health resort than a settlement.
Victorians flocked to Buxton to “take the waters”, thought to be a cure for a variety of ills and conditions and the town boomed through the 19th century. Quality coach houses like The Queen’s Head were set up to shelter the crowds of well-heeled visitors. Back then, you could be wheeled around town in a bath chair, so-called for originating in the city Bath or having the shape of a bath.
Coaching inns (thought to be around six miles apart in their hey-day) became a vital part of inland transport infrastructure in England, providing a resting point for people and their horses. But with the advent of the railways in the mid 1800s, all this changed and in 1842 the Queens Head was sold as a coaching inn and became a public house.
Owners across three generations
Fast forward a few hundred years and the spa seekers and bath chairs have long gone but The Queen’s Head still offers quality accommodation to people drawn to this unique part of the world. Signs of the hotel’s antiquity can still be seen in its timbre-framed upper floor.
Incidentally, the front of the pub has seen several changes over time; in 1800 the roof was much lower than that of today and in 1820 the building and roof was made higher. Again in 1905 further height was added to the building and how we see now.
For the last 50 years, the hotel has been run by the Howarth family across three generations but the current generation has not rested on the achievements of their ancestors; they have redeveloped the guest rooms with even more comfort and style in mind, whilst maintaining the character of its coach house days. You needn’t worry about getting a good night’s sleep as the accommodation is separated from the pub and set back from the high street, creating a sanctuary in the heart of the liveliest and most authentic part of town.
At the heart of Buxton
Whether you’re taking in a show at the Opera House, visiting Buxton Museum or taking time out at the Devonshire Dome Spa, the best that Buxton has to offer really is right on your doorstep.
The well appointed en-suite guest rooms are kitted out with all the modern comforts you need when you’re away from home; high quality mattresses to give you a great nights sleep, power showers, complimentary tea and coffee and in-room Sky TV. Free Wi-fi is available throughout the hotel. Accessed via a private entrance, a variety of rooms are available including doubles, twins, a triple room and an accessible room.
If you need to need to fuel up for a day of exploring, the full English breakfast on offer is the ideal start to the day. When it comes to food and drink, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Buxton; the hotel is quite literally just a stones throw away from many of our must-see attractions and must-try eateries.
Don’t forget to check out the great independent shops in Higher Buxton too, famous book store Scriveners has five-floors to explore. Victorian and Georgian Buxton are all but a stroll away.
The Queens has been an integral part of Buxton’s live music scene for decades, often giving musicians their first break, with vibrant music from all genres and best of all – gigs are free entry. Considered by many to be one of the best live music venues in Buxton and the north, there’s music every weekend as well the special Bank Holiday gigs and Buxton Carnival Day outdoor music event. With the accommodation set back from the main bar, residents won’t be disturbed by music. Well known and well loved party bands who play here regularly include Purple Cloud of Funk, DisFUNKtional, The Aups and Rose Amongst Thorns.
Why book direct?
Booking directly means you’ll be guaranteed the best possible price available. The staff can easily can make any amendments to your booking if needs be, rather than you needing to go through a third party. For enquiries about availability and booking, email or call the hotel direct.
Queens Head Hotel, High Street, Buxton
T: 01298 23841