Visitor Information – Know Before You Go

This page has essential local information relevant to Buxton and FAQs about what you might need to know about local facilities and businesses in the town.

England is currently in it’s third national lockdown to combat rapidly rising cases of coronavirus across the country, which came into force on 5th January. The current UK government lockdown measures you must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. All non-essential businesses are currently closed.

The spread of the new variant of Covid-19 has overwhelmed hospitals up and down the country, with six in 10 hospitals seeing more patients now than during the first peak of the virus in 2020.

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are also under strict coronavirus measures.

To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services; these include:

  • non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores
  • hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs: with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.
  • accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
  • leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts,fitness and dance studios, riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses. Public playgrounds and allotments may remain open.
  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks
  • animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife centres)
  • indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise.
  • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes
  • community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect services

When will the current lockdown be reviewed?

There has been no date given for a lockdown review, suggesting that only drastic changes to cases will loosen restrictions. Prior to the lockdown, Health Secretary Matt Hancock indicated that lockdown restrictions could be in place for some months. Regular Downing Street briefings are being broadcast on the BBC to keep the public up to date with the latest developments and the progress of the current vaccination programme – the biggest vaccination programme in British history.

Leaving home

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local – unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work. Stay local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live.

Buxton will look forward to welcoming back visitors when measures allow us to do so and it deemed safe for visitors to travel.

Public toilets in Buxton

Town Hall, Market Place: open 10am to 4pm everyday – baby changing facilities and accessible.

Pavilion Gardens Car Park: open 10am – 4pm everyday (please note toilets are not open in the main building at this time), accessible.

Pavilion Gardens Kiosk toilets (next to the Boating Lake): open when the Kiosk is open, currently 11am – 4pm daily.

Pavilion Kitchen / Tea Room toilets: Closed

Sylvan Car Park: open 10am – 4pm everyday

Waitrose, Springs Shopping Centre: Closed.

Public Transport


Trains between Buxton and Manchester continue to run on an amended timetable. Find the latest timetables here. A new timetable for Monday – Saturday is effective from 18th January and for Sundays from 24th January.


High Peak Buses continue to operate as normal, find the latest updates and timetables here. Their Twitter account is also updated regularly which live service updates:

Businesses and venues which can remain open

All non-essential shops are currently closed. Businesses providing essential goods and services can stay open. These include:

  • essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences
  • market stalls selling essential retail may also stay open
  • businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer repair services
  • petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair garages and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
  • funeral directors
  • laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • medical and dental services
  • vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals
  • animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes)
  • agricultural supplies shops
  • mobility and disability support shops
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
  • outdoor playgrounds
  • outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
  • places of worship
  • crematoriums and burial grounds

Eating and drinking

Hospitality businesses are currently closed but several of Buxton’s cafés, pubs and restaurants are currently offering takeaway and deliveries whilst they are unable to open. Check our latest guide on takeaway food in Buxton for the latest information and opening times.

Updated: 16th January 2021

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